TCS: Music for All Hallow’s Eve

Good Morning!

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“Where’s your will to be weird?” ― Jim Morrison

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Sonnet 73

by William Shakespeare

That time of year thou may’st in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day,
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by-and-by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.
. . This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
. . To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

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I’ve thinking about Halloween over the weekend — It was originally the eve of the New Year in the ancient Celtic calendar, a time of endings and beginnings, when the veils between worlds thinned, so fairie folk may creep into the human world to bespell the unwary, and the dead return to visit their kin.

In 21st century America, it’s much more mundane. I just need to get a couple of extra large bags of candy this week for all the kids in our extended neighborhood, check the batteries on our big fake candle lantern (much safer on the front porch than the real thing), get out my giant orange bejeweled spider pin to wear on my all-black shirt and pants, which is not really a costume, but a semi-dignified substitute.

 And, of course, I need a Halloween playlist. But it’s not for the trick-or-treaters, this treat is for us grown-ups.

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What’s on your playlist?


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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7 Responses to TCS: Music for All Hallow’s Eve

  1. Back in my college days, a friend and I wanted to build a Theremin. Only problem was that we were on such a tight budget, we could not afford the components at Radio Shack.

    Here is Leon Theremin himself, playing a prototype instrument.

    Here is a 1929 RCA Theremin which was used in many movie soundtracks. The Theremin provided a great sound for horror and science fiction movies. It is now a museum piece, once owned by the late Hollywood Thereminist, Dr. Samuel Hoffman.

  2. Malisha says:

    For me, the soundtrack of Halloween is DANSE MACABRE:

    • wordcloud9 says:

      It’s a classic – and was #1 on my list, but the post was getting so long, it was edited out so I could keep some less well-known pieces.

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