Saturday, September 26, 2015

Slow Weather News, So Time For Some Music/Weather Song Favorites

A still from the music video for "Tornado" by Little Big
Town, one of my favorite "weather songs."  
Weather news has been kinda slow lately.

True, we had that tornado in South Carolina yesterday morning. There's going to be some minor coastal flooding today along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. Hawaii has some unpleasant weather coming from Tropical Storm Niala this weekend.

And the supermoon eclipse is coming. I'll have a post on that tomorrow morning.

But since things are slow, my mind is wandering to songs that involve weather. There's so MANY of them of course. There's those multitudes of Christmas songs that pratter on and on about snow.

Rain is always present. "Purple Rain"  "Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head," "Rainy Night in Georgia," "Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down."

Nice weather is well represented, too. "Walking On Sunshine." "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In." "Country Sunshine." "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." "Here Comes The Sun." "Soak Up The Sun."

Storms are always present, too. "Hurricane," the Bob Dylan classic about the boxer is in there, for instance.

Arguably my two favorite weather songs are about big storms. One is directly about one famous storm, the other is a metaphor.

View of the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.
It's the subject of one of my favorite weather songs.  
The one directly related to weather is "The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the Gordon Lightfoot classic that documents the real life disaster of a ship going down in an epic 1975 Lake Superior storm.

The shipwreck killed 29 people. The 40th anniversary of the disaster is coming up on November 10.

The music in "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" evokes gloom and towering waves and danger and I always get a little seasick when I hear it, but it's still just so well done.

My other favorite weather song is "Tornado" by Little Big Town.

It's sung from the point of view of a woman promising revenge on a cheating boyfriend.

There's lyrics such as these:

"Thought you'd take a swing
Try another girl, try another night.
But it's the pain that brings my force of nature back to life
I'm a tornado more disturbed than an F5.

Bonus points to a country band that makes a weather geek reference to the Fujita scale of tornadoes that mean an F5 is the worst, strongest tornadoes. They're EF5's nowadays, for the Enhanced Fujita scale, but I quibble.

Like "Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the musical arrangement of "Tornado"  evokes the feeling you get under the type of weather they're talking about. With "Tornado" the music makes you feel the threat and dread of a threatened twister.

Tell me what your favorite weather song is too, but posting a comment on this blog post.

Anyway,  here's two videos of the my two favorite weather songs. First, "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and, next, tornado.

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