Hurricane Sandy came, and, thankfully, is now gone. (And by the way, you can follow developments in the post-Sandy story at CBS New York, CBS Philadelphia and CBS Boston, and other CBS Local sites.) We hope everyone who was in the path of the storm is safe and in the process of picking up the pieces.  And if you weren’t in the path of the storm, or if you escaped unscathed,  be the friend you’d want a friend to be and help someone else out.

Here’s a playlist that we created to help get everyone through the next few days:

Genesis – “After The Ordeal”:  A track from the Peter Gabriel-era of the band, however his pipes aren’t heard on this instrumental piece from 1973’s Selling England By The Pound, which mainly highlights Steve Hackett’s guitars and Tony Banks’ piano playing.  And although there’s no lyrics, the title is at least something that many of us can relate to today. It was mostly written by Hackett; expect to see him performing this on his upcoming “Genesis Revisited II” tour if he brings it to America.

Bruce Springsteen“We Take Care Of Our Own”: From his latest album, Wrecking Ball, Bruce hits all the right notes here.  America is (unfortunately) never more united than after a disaster.  Exhibit A: after criticizing the current administration at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised President Obama’s leadership.  And, hey, they’re both Springsteen fans! (Although only one of them can call on the Boss to campaign for him).

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble“Couldn’t Stand The Weather”: A bit obvious, but who doesn’t feel this way right about now?  And while we’re on the topic of SRV, how is it that he isn’t on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year?

Pearl Jam“Alive”: No matter what tough situation you apply this song to, it makes you feel good to sing along to it.

AC/DC“Safe In NYC”: The video, featuring AC/DC performing in front of a tunnel surrounded by cops may be a bit unnerving a day after the tunnels were actually shut down.  But it’s the boys in blue who make us feel safe in NYC, which got hit pretty hard by Sandy.

ZZ Top“Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell”: OK, this song, from 1972’s Rio Grande Mud, is about a breakup, not actually about weather conditions, but if you’re cleaning up today, it works.  It’s getting brisk out there! Stay warm.

The Rolling Stones“High And Dry”: From their 1966 album, appropriately (for today) titled Aftermath. We’re hoping you’re all staying high and dry today.  And by “high,” we only mean high above the water line. Nothing else.  What?

U2“Elevation”: We usually like the original versions, but this time, go with the remix from the 2001 Tomb Raider soundtrack.  Mainly because of the video, in which Angelina Jolie rescues The Edge from the clutches of “evil” U2.

Traveling Wilburys“Cool Dry Place”: Hopefully all of your non-waterproof valuables – computers, iPods, and, as Tom Petty sings here, “guitar, basses, amplifiers and drums, accordions and mandolins and things that sometimes hum” have been kept in a cool dry place.

Alice Cooper – “Keepin’ Halloween Alive”: And hey, if you’re able to clean up your town and your homes by tomorrow, hopefully there’ll be some Halloween fun for the kids – last year in the northeast, Halloween was trashed by the great October snowstorm of ’11.

Music aside, we hope that everyone is able to help each other out, and safely clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Brian Ives, CBS Local 


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