Friday, June 24, 2016

The Friday Five (and more!): Your Storm Songs

Since it was a little stormy last week, I chose a few “storm” songs (songs with “storm” in the title or about storms) and threw it out to you to make some more suggestions. A lot of you recommended songs about rain, and I’ll add them to my existing playlist, so I haven’t forgotten you. “Rhythm of the Rain” by The Cascades is the first one on the list, in fact.

We ended up with a few more than five songs, and I couldn’t decide which ones to keep and which to leave off, so this Friday Five is actually a seven. I’m sure you won’t mind…

Stormy – Classics IV Carol over on Facebook suggested this, and I’m surprised I didn’t think of it as well.

Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd Some classic Memphis Soul here by Eddie Floyd. (It was on Stax, so I assume it was Memphis Soul.) Mary B suggested this one, and Liam seconded it. The lyrics at the end of the verses talk about thunder and lightning, after all. Good enough for me.

Mistress of Storms – Bruce Cockburn This one is a beauty suggested by Arlee, an instrumental that was also covered by Michael Occhipinti and Creation Dream.

Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson Janet suggested this one. The song that launched an entire sub-genre known as Quiet Storm, of which Anita Baker is one of the key practitioners.

Thunder and Lightning – Grapefruit Arlee tells us that Grapefruit was one of the first bands signed by Apple in the late Sixties, and said he thought they might have been a precursor to Badfinger. Whatever the case, it’s a good song.

Like A Hurricane – Kris Delmhorst Liam told me about Kris Delmhorst, who did an album called Songs For A Hurricane, on which all the songs are about storms, either real or metaphoric. Here’s one of them.

Like A Hurricane – Neil Young Mary B recommended this one as well, but I’m not sure this is the one she was thinking of. “Like A Hurricane” is a popular song name, I guess.

Thanks to everyone who participated! That’s your Friday Five for June 24, 2016.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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