“I Can’t Stand The Rain” by Harry Kerylidis is a power ballad in the tradition of the 1980s, with a few amusing modern touches thrown in for good measure throughout the composition. The song comes complete with a plot summary that is conveniently laid out in the title!
Harry K is the kind of musician you hear about, the kind that pays his rent with singing competition prizes and considers weekly gigs a place of refinement. He spent his time performing for the family, as many children do, and he was a regular attendee of live music while at school.
Later, bands like Chariot, Woodstock, and Fire ‘N’ Ice from South Australia became evident that his ambitions had outgrown his childhood ideals. This was a lot of fun that may turn into a business.
In the early 1990s, Fire ‘N’ Ice was the trendiest thing in driving rock, and it was with this band, Harry first traveled internationally. Fire ‘N’ Ice established themselves as a frequent fixture in the Hollywood rock scene, recording in some of the city’s most prestigious studios.
After weaving in a simple, descending verse melody – progressing through quickly relatable, relevant lyrics towards the ultimate resolution of the hook. “I Can’t Stand The Rain” continues to weave in a nostalgic, comforting yet fresh leading riff and the exciting choice of distant keys/synth echo of the same tune, “I Can’t Stand The Rain.”
In a little while, the beat kicks in, the passion builds, and the guitar sound and voice tone come together hypnotically to create an uplifting, almost ecstatic climax that rekindles the natural presence and emotion of the original in a dramatic way.
With its brazenly open and invigorating new song, “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” Harry Kerylidis delivers a power-ballad of sorts, complete with that distinct Harry Kerylidis tone and a delicate blending of pop and rock tendencies.
Harry Kerylidis always marches to the rhythm of his own drum, but he makes it a point to incorporate valuable and functional building pieces from the rock titans of the past into his work. While the writing is excellent, the music is comfortable in a timeless, natural sense, and the arrangement is distinctive, beautiful, and powerful.
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