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?

5 thoughts on “File Under ? runs “Hurricane Playlist” contest”
  1. A little late now, but Stephen Dankner’s “Hurricane” would be a good one. Recorded by Louisiana Philharmonic, I think on Albany. 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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)

  4. 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…)

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