As power blinked off in neighborhood after neighborhood on Sunday night, we turned to our battery-powered or hand-cranked radios and boomboxes for a dedicated connection to the outside world, and local news/talk stations like WDBO and WTKS and WMFE (before it got knocked off the air) really delivered with informative, around-the-clock coverage.
But after the carnage cleared and the winds died down early Monday, we needed some music to soothe our impossibly jangled nerves. And y'know what, the oft-overlooked WUCF Jazz and More
on 89.9-FM really did the trick.
Throughout the day, the station kept it moving with tracks from John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Zoot Sims and Nancy Wilson
, which sounded just superb through our little hand-held radio. And by the end of the night, we were definitely soothed by a rerun of a particularly beautiful episode of "Piano Jazz"
where pianist and host Marian McPartland interviewed and duetted with vocalist Ernie Andrews
on a run of tunes including a ridiculously moving rendition of "Time After Time."
Thanks for the audio relief.