"Hello Hurricane" is one of the album's highlights, musically and thematically. It's also the place in the sequence of events I find myself most interested. In the song, the narrator who finds himself in the eye of the storm is welcoming it and defying it. He greets it: "Hello hurricane, you're not enough/ Hello, hurricane, you can't silence my love." As we get into the second verse, we learn this is not silly posturing, bravado, or naiveté. The narrator understands everything could be lost when the fury of the storm comes ashore but refuses to yield to it.
That kind of courage and confidence is appealing and inspiring and some days it almost feels within my grasp. I understand it. I've seen it up close and from a distance. I've even had rare moments when I felt something like it, even if it was just for a few moments. I'm thankful for those moments. I'm thankful for the reminder in this song that they're there and they're possible and I'm thankful for all the people who possess those gifts not just for the gifts themselves but also for the reminders they provide.