New York City, Monday, October 29th 3:45pm: Here in New York City and other parts of the Northeast Coast including New Jersey and Rhode Island we are already feeling the strong winds and rain but are still awaiting the brunt of Hurricane Sandy to hit sometime later today. The massive storm with such a friendly name is expected to wreak havoc here on the Northeast over the next day or more with the worst of it hitting later tonight/early tomorrow morning, according the National Weather Service. Already winds are up near 100 MPH on the Jersey Shore and here in Queens, where I am, some trees have been blown down. Hurricane Sandy, which is arriving in conjunction with a separate severe cold weather system a couple of days shy of Halloween, has been dubbed "Frankenstorm" by the media who are always, it appears, delighted to have some potential apocalyptic disaster to report upon. Most folks here in New York and New Jersey that I know are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. NYC buses and subways have been out of service since last (Sunday) evening and both JFK and La Guardia airports are shut down with flights cancelled through tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. For up to the minute news on the storm YouTube is live streaming The Weather Channel, while Weather.Com is doing live updates online that you can get on your mobile devices.
Meanwhile I have put together a video playlist of songs to help those in the Northeast to get through the Hurricane Sandy - provided there are no power outages, which are expected along the Eastern Seaboard. As you will see I have taken some, actually quite a bit of, poetic license in my interpretation of what qualifies for the Hurricane Sandy Soundtrack. These loosely Hurricane Sandy-related songs include "Sandy" by John Travolta from the Grease movie soundtrack (with lyrics like "Sandy my darling you hurt me real bad," works for a big storm), Edgar Winter Group's early seventies number one instrumental rock hit "Frankenstein" (substitute "Frankenstorm" and it's a fit), Beast's 2009 song "Mr Hurricane," and E40 and The Click's "Hurricane" which is about the drink Hurricane but like Sandy can be devastating to someone caught up in it.
Other songs in the Hurricane Sandy playlist include the Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" (since it is both), "Rain" by The Beatles, Billie Holiday's version of "Stormy Weather" (lyrics like "don't know why there's no sun up in the sky" utilizes bad weather as the perfect metaphor for a broken heart), and Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" - although Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" and "Hurricane" would work too. Rounding out the Hurricane Sandy soundtrack playlist are Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain" from the 1952 movie of the same name, Missy Elliot's "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", Neil Young with Crazy Horse's "Like A Hurricane," Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane," and Chef Raekwon's "Rainy Dayz" from the Wu Tang rapper's 1995 solo Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
The Click "Hurricane" (1995 from Game Related)
John Travolta "Sandy" from Grease movie soundtrack (1979)
Edgar Winter Group "Frankenstein" (1972)
Missy Elliot "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (1997 from the album Supa Dupa Fly)
The Carpenters "Rainy Days and Mondays" (1971 from album Carpenters)
Beast "Mr. Hurricane" (2009)
The Beatles "Rain" (1966 recorded for Revolver but released as B-Side to "Paperback Writer")
Neil Young with Crazy Horse "Like A Hurricane" (1978 concert from 1979 movie Rust Never Sleeps)
Gene Kelly "Singin' In The Rain" (1952)
Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane" (1984 from Love At First Sting)
Billie Holiday "Stormy Weather" (1953)
Chef Raekwon "Rainy Dayz" (1995 from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)
Bob Dylan "Shelter From The Storm (live at Budokan)" (1979)