EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HISTORY!
– THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS –
September 30, 1967 – 2:53
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1,
This is #1
No, the many LSD trips that I have taken have not deteriorated or otherwise warped my mental state; if anything psychedelics allowed me crystal clarity about many highly important, spiritual, metaphysical as well as trivial aspects that impact life and this choice for #1 is a perfect example of the understanding of the depth and height and cosmic realization of the term psychedelic.
First off, the Man behind this international monster hit is remarkable beyond words, known as the “Father of Woodstock”; Artie Kornfeld, the co-writer and producer of this song, is truly a Superman among us mere mortals. A talent truly beyond belief; absolutely amazing! Check out his link – he’s a man you need to know.
Now about the song; as far as any true aficionado of pure psychedelia is concerned this song transcended psychedelia to a place where no other song can even come close. Its relevance and cosmic iconic spell of the power and grace that it projected was never lost on me.
I loved the psychedelic realms and treated each trip reverently; whether at concerts, parties, get-togethers or stoned alone; I always felt a special kinship with the experience as it took me to places where the sounds of this song were the environment of the epitome of what altered consciousness was all about.
No truer words were spoken than “the Angelic Psychedelia of the Cowsills” – they were pre-destined to manifest this iconic gem.
Other experienced trippers tapped-into the cerebral subtext of what the masses saw and heard as a nice bubble-gum pop song – but it was much more complex than that – much more. “The Rain the Park and Other Things” was transcendent, otherworldly – it touched on the surreal and the real, on psychedelic imagery and sound that was akin to the sound heard from the forests and the trees, the flowers and all the other living things that we do not hear unless under the exquisite power of psychotropics where communication with alien worlds and the ambient sounds normally never heard, ring crystal clear – angelic in nature with the spirit to uplift the soul.
From the opening gurgling of water to the Psychedelic Angelic voices, with the insane and sublime choruses of “Happy, Happy, Happy” and the glorious harpsichord strains we enter a psychedelic world that even Hendrix or Pink Floyd could not enter – really.
This song is a doorway to the World of Psychedelia; it is beyond any Land of Oz, it gives us a peek at a place in our psyche where imagination is born, where DMT machine-replicating elves control the universal order, where angels and demons play together, where we are all timeless and live in ecstasy. I cannot listen to this song and not be transported, soul and mind, to those places, all at once.
Released during the “Summer of Love” this song is Love – manifested in Music and Voice, simply and complexly sublime – a once in a lifetime experience that touched many world-wide, but assuredly to only a few to the extent that I relate here.
This goes way beyond a world-wide hit single, this was an Occult song that only a small percentage were gifted to realize it’s true power and meaning. If I sound like a crazy right now, then I’m proud, thankful and privileged to take on that mantle as it means that I was able, willing, fortunate and blessed to connect with Psychedelic Perfection.
“The Rain, the Park and Other Things” is beyond #1; it is in a category all by itself, a gift to any Psychedelic Soul of pure pleasure in song, imagery, lyric, voice and design that touches the mind and the soul.
Experience True Psychedelic Ecstasy:
“The Rain, the Park and Other Things”
This ends the Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs.
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And thanks to all who followed the countdown – it was a groovy and far-out trip!
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