Category Archives: Oxymoron

Happiness and Rain

The term “oxymoron” refers to a rhetorical device or figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite words or concepts are combined for effect.  Examples are deafening silence or mournful optimist.  Beloved comedian George Carlin (RIP) had a monologue about “jumbo shrimp,” and I think it’s the first time I was made aware of this concept.

The other night I heard the Randy Newman song “I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today” performed by singer, Bette Midler.  I thought maybe this song was kind of a contradiction.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxmVOnPyoik&feature=colike

I also thought of another song “Joy is Like the Rain” that also is contradictory in its depiction of rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAVgpZCcWoo&feature=colike

And finally there is the classical “Singing in the Rain” song and dance sequence with actor/dancer Gene Kelly in the movie of the same title.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ&feature=colike

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