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File Under ? runs “Hurricane Playlist” contest

Hurricane evacuee Humphrey

Hurricane Irene approaches. We’ve got two extra guests this weekend: my Mom and Humphrey, her labrador retriever. They were evacuated from Long Island and are spending the weekend with us.

Waiting out a storm can be angst-producing and, eventually, boredom provoking – particularly without music.

So, File Under ? readers (the comments section is open and so are email, Twitter, Facebook, and G+), send us your “hurricane” listening lists – either in old-fashioned typewritten format or via the usual suspects (Spotify,, etc.). The guidelines are wide open. It can be a themed list or simply musical “comfort food.”

Stay safe everyone!

“Winner” – my entirely subjective favorite gets a prize. Hey, why should Irene have all the fun?


Comment from Garrett Schumann
Time: August 28, 2011, 12:43 am

I don’t really have a playlist, but here are some notably ominous tracks that have popped up on my iPod as it has been shuffling the last few hours (in order of appearance):

Berlioz – Introitus to the “Requiem”

Bernard Rands – …where the murmurs die…

Milton Babbitt – my ends are my beginnings

Pink Floyd – Us and Them

Black Sabbath – Into the Void

(to be continued…)

Comment from Garrett Schumann
Time: August 28, 2011, 12:54 am

To follow-up, I’ve just enjoyed:

Davd Lang: Evening Morning Day from “The Little Match Girl Passion”

Bach: Minuet-Trio from Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 (the trio is probably one of my favorite moments in all the Brandenburgs)

Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 12, movt. 2

Beethoven: Funermal March from the “Eroica” Symphony

(my soundtrack isn’t exactly an upper)

Comment from Alligator
Time: August 28, 2011, 10:05 am

“Rock You Like a Hurricane” on repeat

Comment from Chris
Time: August 28, 2011, 10:16 am

Here’s a little hurricane fun:

Ludwig van Beethoven- Symphony 6 Movement IV

Christopher Rouse- The Infernal Machine

Eric Whitacre- Cloudburst

Eric Whitacre- Water Night

Aaron Jay Kernis- Symphony in Waves

John Luther Adams- Dark Waves

Igor Stravinsky- Concerto for Piano and Winds (bad pun)

George Handel- Water Music Suite # 1, 2 ,3

John Mackey- Asphalt Cocktail

Harry Partch- Water! Water! an ntermission for voices, choruses, original and Partch instruments

Harrison Birtwistle- Panic

Steven Bryant- Ecstatic Waters

Comment from Phil Popham
Time: August 28, 2011, 9:46 pm

A little late now, but Stephen Dankner’s “Hurricane” would be a good one. Recorded by Louisiana Philharmonic, I think on Albany. :)