North Minneapolis Tornado: The Playlist

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My tornado memoir – “Twisted” was released on 05/22/12! click here for more details, or to purchase!
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If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I’ve been getting through this whole tornado deal by cracking really awful, sometimes dark jokes. I know, it’s bad… but making ridiculous comments and laughing at it is sort of therapeutic. I don’t want to think what kind of basketcase I’d be if I didn’t have at least a few laughs this past week and a half.

I’m surprised that I haven’t been told off for this yet, but I’ve been tweeting suggestions for a “Tornado Playlist” the past few days. Like Dead or Alive’s “You Spin me Round” or Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass”. Haha.. I know, awful!

Well, today my husband and I were driving, I’d hooked up my phone to his car stereo, and we were listening to some tunes. I realized that, all joking aside, Unique II’s “Break My Stride” would definitely have to make it to my “Tornado Soundtrack”. Also, Eiffel 65’s “Lucky”.

As I thought about it, I realized that there are a LOT of great songs that come to mind, as I try to feel more upbeat about this whole thing. Some came to mind as friends gathered to help. Some came to mind at times that I’ve been wrestling with the worry that I was just a hair’s breadth away from losing my mind completely. I think that all of them are good to listen to if you’re feeling down, and all provide a pick me up.

So, I’d like to share my new, non-joking Tornado Playlist. Maybe some of these songs can bring some of the same cheer that they bring to me, to others affected by the disaster.

Edwin: “Alive”

Unique II: “Break My Stride”


Two Brothers on the 4th Floor: “Dreams”


E-Type: “Last Day Alive”


Ace of Base: “It’s a Beautiful Life”


Amadin: “Take Me Up”


Chumbawamba: “Tubthumping”


Eiffel 65: “Lucky (In My Life)”


E-Type: “Life”


Robert Miles: “One and One”


Lohen & Lomax: “Live On”


Sash!: “Mysterious Times”


That’s it, off the top of my head. What do you think? Anything you’d add?

On the afternoon of May 22, 2011, North Minneapolis was devastated by a tornado. Twisted recounts the Porters’ first 11 months, post disaster. Rebuilding their house, working around the challenges presented by inadequate insurance coverage. Frustration at repeated bouts of incompetence and greed from their city officials. Dealing with issues such as loss of control, logistics, change, and over-stimulation, as an Aspergian woman.

Subjects covered include: Opportunistic “Vultures”, gawkers, new friendships, a bizarre gingerbread house, unique decisions made with the rebuild – including an internet-famous kitchen backsplash, “Tornado Claus”, contractor drama, water balloons, DIY design and work, music, sensory overload, and details on how to cook jambalaya for almost 300 people, in the parking lot of a funeral home… should you ever find yourself in the position to do so. Order your hard copy here, or digital edition here.

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