A Stormy Playlist: 10 Songs for Before, During, and After the Summer Storms
If we are going to learn to grin and bear this year's enhanced, prolonged stormy activity, we need an equally stormy playlist to accompany the thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and whatever other maladies Mother Nature might throw our way during this summer season
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The storm’s getting heavy now! This Philadelphia-based band narrates the damage done: “First came a strong wind, ripping off rooftops like bottlecaps / And bending lampposts to the ground / Then came a thunder shattering my windows." Yikes!
Herbie Hancock’s post-bop tune from the conceptual Maiden Voyage record musically depicts the experience of being in the eye of a storm. The song’s sparse texture and familiar chord structure provide a temporary respite from the turbulence, but the tune’s asymmetrical rhythm leaves no doubt that there’s more danger to come.
From beginning to end, this composition from Texas’ favorite instrumental post-rock band mirrors the ebb and flow of a storm, from its subtle origins to its climactic turmoil to its calm abatement. The crunchy guitars evoke the sound of thunder and the cymbal rolls sound like heavy rain. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that doesn’t frequently experience storms, put on this track and you’ll feel like you’ve been in one.
The storm’s over! Now it’s time to get out and enjoy the sun. This classically exuberant track says it all: “Sun is shin’ in the sky / There ain’t a cloud in sight / It’s stopped rainin’ / Everybody’s in a play / And don’t you know / It’s a beautiful new day."