Maybe you got the day off from your government job. Maybe you’re heeding the advice of Every Person in Authority On the Eastern Seaboard and are not leaving the house. Maybe the kids are off from school and playing flashlight tag (conserve the batteries!) in the living room.
Whatever the situation, a little musical diversion is in order. The DAME hopes you’re safe and dry as Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast and offers a playlist of tunes to help you ride out the storm?
Many artists have covered this classic blues number by T-Bone Walker – full title,”Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)” – but, since you’ve nowhere to go for awhile, might as well go for the Allman Brothers‘ 10-and-a-half minute live version, complete with wailing guitars.
“It’s Raining Again”
Take your pick from the Supertramp original or the version by Colin Moulding (XTC) and Geoff Downes (Yes) from the recently released tribute album, “Songs of the Century – An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp.”
“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”
“Buckets of Rain”
“Shelter from the Storm”
With a catalog as deep as Bob Dylan‘s, it’s only natural that there be a number of choices here from the “Tempest”-uous one. The first two tracks listed are more directly relatable to the big storm, the third is metaphorical, but we can stretch it to fit. And though the last is more of a protest song of biographical note, the way Dylan spits out the word “hurricane” makes it a satisfying inclusion nonetheless.
“Rock You Like a Hurricane”
There are many, many ways in which the Scorpions differ from Bob Dylan, as in this song where they use the word “hurricane” in its original, meteorological context.
“It’s Raining Men”
The Weather Girls pictured a scenario of beautiful men falling from the sky. Ah, if only…!
“Crying in the Rain”
Art Garfunkel sings in his sweet choir-boy voice about losing his love. But if you lose power, you can adapt to fit.
“Walking in the Rain”
Despite what The Ronettes – and endless rom-coms – have told us about the romantic pleasures of a stroll in wet weather, today is not the day to do so. Stay indoors and cuddle instead.
“Rain on the Roof”
The Lovin’ Spoonful‘s sweet ditty evokes a gentle summer shower and being “lost for hours, waiting out the sun.” Change that line to “lost for days” and adjust accordingly.
Since both political parties have put their presidential campaigns on hold for the near future, we can enjoy a brief period in which we are neither blue nor red states. Prince’s classic thus becomes a perfectly purple metaphor for America, one nation under deluge.
The Benjy Davis Project is not a big name band, but this charming tune about having a Really Bad Day and dealing with it, even when we “can’t turn off the rain,” is a musical lesson in quiet optimism. (Fourth on the survival list, after bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights.)
“Only Happy When It Rains”
If this Garbage ode to wet weather can be taken at face value, the next few days should make Shirley Manson positively giddy.
“I Get The Blues When It Rains”
On the other hand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band tells it like it really is for most of us.
“I Can’t Stand the Rain”
As does Ann Peebles.
Randy Newman wrote and recorded this beautiful melancholy ballad about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 that left 700,000 people homeless in Louisiana and Mississippi. Aaron Neville‘s gorgeous rendition is a heartbreaker and reminder that, as much fun as we’re having with our little dance party, we send our best karmic thoughts to those facing hardship in the days to come.
“Come Rain or Come Shine”
Another classic love song with countless renditions, but let’s call the Ray Charles version the knock-out champ for today.
“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
Granted, this early Bruce Springsteen song is not about bad weather, but it does reference our titular weather demon, and the Jersey boardwalk, too, which is going to take a major hit. And when Bruce sings, “Love me tonight for I may never see you again/Hey Sandy girl…” we can all hope it’s the last we see of her!
Stay dry. Stay safe.
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