So, whatever, your idea to do a storm-themed playlist is a little 2010. Did Dave Bry remember to include "The Mary Ellen Carter"? He did not.* Anyway, the first 1:40 is just this guy boringly talking about how the song literally saved his life during an actual storm.
Stan Rogers is no longer with us. He may have heroically gone back into a burning plane to save people, or he may just have died generically in a burning plane, and still been an incredible folk singer.
*Possibly because it's really more like a song about overcoming adversity AND lucrative salvage rights.