Did you hear that….? Those sounds far off in the darkness? That beautiful melody leading you on? Are those lilting strains the plucks of a tortured soul, a winsome witch-call, a shudder of delight or a ghoulish mumble? If you’re like me, you will follow those sounds to their source, and enjoy every moment of musical mischief you find. Please sample these 31 gathered tunes, I hope they hold you spellbound…
Ooo the sights and sounds of Hallowe’en approach.
There is something about the heightened senses we have in the dark, when our ears catch the slightest murmur, whisper or groan.
We all listen for that far-off cry of the werewolf, the howls under moonlight, the shuffle of a zombie approach or the soft fluttering of darkened wings overhead.
This season calls for musical mise-en-scene, those rhapsodic melodies to indulge our cravings, tempt our secret soul and evoke fond recollections and surprised delight.
I humbly offer these thirty-one collected tunes to enchant your ears.
Thought I would put together a playlist – be warned – this may seem quirky, odd, even, well, you tell me what you think, hope you recognize at least a few and perhaps there are some surprises sifted in.
Bandages, Hot Hot Heat
In The Room Where You Sleep, Dead Man’s Bones
Once Upon A Dream, Lana Del Rey
Uninvited, Alanis Morissette
Lullaby, Nox Arcana
Lydia, The Tattoed Lady, The Marx Brothers
A Kind of Magic, Queen
Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen
Devil Inside, INXS
Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard
Shadowplay, The Killers
Moonage Daydream, David Bowie
Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf
Great Pumpkin Waltz, Vince Guaraldi
Golf Claps (From “Hush”), Christophe Beck
Octopus’s Garden, The Beatles
Candy, Iggy Pop
The Killing Moon, Echo & The Bunnymen
Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy (The APM Orchestra version)
This is Halloween, Danny Elfman
What’s This?, Danny Elfman
Violet Hour, Sea Wolf
Strange Magic, Electric Light Orchestra
Eclipse (All Yours), Metric
Just Another Day, Oingo Boingo
Time of the Season, The Zombies
Dragula, Rob Zombie
These selections are all available on itunes, though perhaps you already have lots of these in your playlists, and like I mentioned, obscure at times, but fun and interesting, anyhow if you braver souls try it out, chime in 😉
I have attended the first day opening of the Rogers Gardens Halloween Event for the past few years and I will be there early to enjoy it this year as it looks to be especially creepy. The four rooms they usually design/decorate traverse beautiful to bizarre, worth the stop if you are near Corona del Mar, Ca. See you there? Click pic to link to site.
The holiday season provides ample opportunities for socializing amongst family and friends, coworkers, club members, and others and I look forward to such occasions with heady anticipation. I’m usually a homebody, so this time of year is nice to step out and experience the excitement and expectations in the wind up to the big day and New Year beyond. I hum carols to myself as I get ready to attend an event, package goodies to deliver as host gifts, wrap small gifts for friends I won’t see at the end of the month. There is much that is undergoing change at present and just now it feels the time will slow briefly so that we can savor the season, I hope that you all find a little downtime to do just that. Between parties, of course.
As the nights grow longer, deeper and darker, this may help while away those hours between sunset and sunrise.
This is a quick bit of video footage taken by my husband (Redwire), he is very proud of the automated cauldron prop, it was the first mechanical prop I’d asked for and I think he did an amazing job putting it together. This is the walk up to my front door and the entrance to our “Shoppe”. The music overlay is from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode “Hush” a great piece of music called “Golf Claps” by Christophe Beck.
Just click here…Strolling to the Shoppe door
In case you didn’t know it, there is a online radio station that is built around a Halloween format every day of the year! Its called Halloween Radio and you can click the pic to link to the site and start swaying or swinging to those old favorites and new releases all year long. Pretty soon, it’ll be that time again, and this should help while away the hours…days…months…sigh…good grief!