OK, so the quake wasn’t that big. But if you’ve always lived Back East and never visited California, it was a moving — yeah, I said it — experience.
Now that we’re a day past the event and my PTDS — Post Temblor Delayed Silliness — has set in, I’ve been thinking about music to go with the quake. Coming up with a few titles on my own and others from a Web search, I’d live to suggest the following songs, each with a sample of its lyrics (of course, largely taken out of context to fit the theme).
> “You Shook Me” by Led Zeppelin “I said you shook me, baby. You shook me all night long. “You shook me so hard, baby. You shook me all night long.”
> “There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’” by AC/DC “Ooh, there’s gonna be some rockin’ “There’s gonna be some rockin’ at the show tonight.”
> “Housequake” by Prince “Housequake — Everybody jump up and down “Housequake — There’s a brand new groove goin’ round (Housequake) “In your funky town (Housequake) “And the kick drum is the fault.”
> “Earthquake” by Family Force 5 “The wall’s begin to shake “It’s to much for the club to take “It’s shakin’ like an Earthquake “Devastation from the sounds I’m makin’ “And there’s no escaping from the bass “It’s shakin’ like an Earthquake.”
> “I’m All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley “My hands are shaky and my knees are weak “I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet “Who do you thank when you have such luck? “I’m in love “I’m all shook up.”
> “Rock This Town” by Stray Cats “We’re gonna rock this town “Rock it inside out “We’re gonna rock this town “Make ’em scream and shout”.
> “Shake Your Booty” by KC & The Sunshine Band “Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake, “Shake your booty! Shake your booty.”
> “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis “Shake baby shake, yeah shake baby shake “Come on over whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.”
> “Shake Rattle And Roll Flip Flop And Fly” by Elvis Presley “Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly “Well get out of that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans.”
When my girlfriend called me after the quake, she started the conversation with the next song. > “I Feel The Earth Move” by Carol King “I feel the Earth move “under my feet “I feel the sky tumbling down “a tumblin’ down “a tumblin’ down.”
Let’s end with a personal favorite — and a bit of a stretch for the theme. > “Volcano” by Jimmy Buffett “Ground she’s movin’ under me “Tidal waves out on the sea.”
Thankfully, I haven’t had time to think of any songs to fit Hurricane Irene’s pending visit this weekend.
Ross Chandler is Life editor of the Rocky Mount Telegram.