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.

5 thoughts on “The Friday Five (and more!): Your Storm Songs

  1. “Like a Hurricane” is one of my favorite Neil Young songs–it’s a good one. Jay Farrar, formerly of Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo did a nice true to form cover of this tune on the DVD portion of his Stone, Steel, and Bright Lights release–the DVD part is a live performance captured and it’s quite good. Here is the audio from that performance of “Like a Hurricane”:


  2. Thanks for including my little idea. I had forgotten about the Classics IV song too and really like it as well. Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend!


  3. I’ve always liked the Classics IV. I didn’t realize until I did a little research that Dennis Yost fell, which caused brain trauma. Apparently, he was very ill after that and died a couple of years later. It wasn’t clear to me if he was hospitalized from the time he fell until he died. No time for that much research!

    I really like the Neil Young song, too. Wonderful guitar!


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