Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Song of the Week staff pick by MIA Family Resources Editor Miranda Spencer: “Now a folk-rock classic, this song tells of the pain of losing a friend to suicide and processing both the loss and one’s own ongoing existential pain. It was written after Taylor, then in his early 20s, spent time in a psych rehab facility (also referenced in the song). His own struggles with addiction and depression are well known, but the beauty of “Fire and Rain” is, to me, transcendent.”

-Miranda Spencer

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