Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Songs For Storms


Well that was quite a weekend. If you’re located on either coast of the United States, i.e., if you’re one of the people whose vote for president doesn’t count, you dealt with some inclement weather the weekend of January 6, 2017. Depending on where exactly you were, you may have found yourself shoveling snow, singing in the rain, or scouring grocery stores for milk and bread (I’m looking at you, Carolinas). Hopefully you experienced no more damage than a soggy newspaper, or a soggy Kindle if that’s your thing.

As for this week’s topic: Maybe your stacks differ, but if mine are any indication two musical genres account for most of my “storm” songs–heavy metal and country. I suppose that makes sense. One genre revels in big, noisy, violent spectacle, and the other relies heavily on metaphors drawn from nature. So diversity was a bit of a challenge, but I think I managed to put together a musical storm that spans a lot of different styles. Take a listen:


“Calm Before the Storm,” Judas Priest.

“When the Storm Comes,” Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of the Heart.

“Shelter From the Storm,” Bob Dylan.

“The Storm,” Sturgill Simpson.

“Had A Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy), Roger Hodgson.

“Through the Storm,” Charles Bradley.

“In From the Storm,” Corey Glover With the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

“After the Storm,” Mumford & Sons.

There you have it–an eight song journey through the storm. But there’s still plenty of sun up in the sky, so why don’t you tell me what songs I missed? I’m listening.

4 replies »

  1. “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” – Jimmy Buffett
    “Surfing in a Hurricane” – Jimmy Buffett
    “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” – Johnny Cash
    “Five Feet High and Rising” – Johnny Cash
    “Texas Flood” – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    “I Love a Rainy Night” – Eddie Rabbitt
    “Ridin’ the Storm Out” – REO Speedwagon
    “Fool in the Rain” – Led Zeppelin

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  2. A Winter’s Tale, Queen
    It Can’t Rain All the Time, Jane Siberry
    I’m Only Happy When It Rains, Garbage (which you’ve used before of course)
    Snowblind, Black Sabbath (good for winter and your latent cocaine addiction – a two-fer!)
    Trapped Under Ice, Metallica


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