Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has written a song about her experience dealing with Hurricane Sandy. The new song, “Sandy,” made its debut Wednesday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mann and Ted Leo were scheduled to play the Bowery Ballroom in New York on Oct. 29 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following day. As Hurricane Sandy hit and left Manhattan without power, the Bowery Ballroom show was canceled and the Music Hall of Williamsburg show was rescheduled one day later.
In the video, appearing below, Mann, former lead singer of 'Til Tuesday, played the impromptu song, entitled “Sandy,” to the tune of Barry Manilow's “Mandy.” The song was lighthearted and fun, offering a bit of comedy in the face of tragedy and devastation.
Mann begins the song by calling it “one of the dumber things” she has done. She starts off talking about Monday, trying to get online and update her Twitter account, and being unable to shower. Later, Mann sang, “Oh Sandy, now we hate you as much as Osama, after Con Ed exploded. Oh Sandy, and Chris Christie is calling Obama, glad I already voted.”
After the show, Mann took to Twitter, thanking the crowd: “People of Williamsburg: thank you for a sweet and uplifting evening. You are the anti-disaster! Hugs!!” Mann is planning to reschedule the postponed Bowery Ballroom show for next week.
Leo, who was raised in New Jersey and has been a fixture of the New York music scene for more than two decades, was very vocal about relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Most notably, he was one of the voices criticizing the New York City Marathon taking place on Sunday. Of course, the event has since been canceled.
You can view the performance of Mann's “Sandy” here.