wait...we are calling this new decade The Roaring Twenties, right? If so, I certainly approve. It's one of my favorite vintage eras for fashion, beauty, housewares, and architecture. It certainly ticks all the boxes, what with it's Dapper gentlemen (and high-stalin' gangsters!) in wingtip shoes, Flapper girls in their beaded dresses and turbans throwing back bathtub gin and dancing the night away, and ART DECO everything!
Here are a few Holiday tunes for our final Christmas Music Monday. I tried my best to pick versions that maybe everyone hasn't heard yet. I've included a few well-known songs as well as some originals. Hope you enjoy!
Today would have been my Daddy's 73rd birthday, and Bob Seger was one of his favorite musicians. So I think it's only fitting that during this month of Christmas music, my Music Monday selection for today is...
This weekend has been just what my soul needed. It cooled off a bit, and it was rainy and so windy. Perfect October weather! I had originally planned to do a huge Halloween playlist (or at least dig one from the past up, dust it off, and pass it off as new!) for Music Monday, but like plans of mine often do, they never came to pass. Mostly because I spent the weekend enjoying my favorite weather, catching up on reading for a book review, making some more household cleaners, and getting boatloads of post drafts made for my (triumphant?) return to Battle of the Bands one of these days.
What I have for you instead, is a collection of ten scary songs – some are Halloween-related, some spooky, some outright disturbing, most are rock (this is still #RocktoberMusicFest, after all), and I tried to pick a few that don’t usually end up on Halloween playlists.
Johnny Cash – “Ghost Riders In The Sky”
A herd of cattle with steel heels, red eyes, black horns, and horses snorting fire thundering through the sky? Paints quite a picture.
Gerard McMann – “Cry Little Sister”
From The Lost Boys soundtrack, this spooky, moody song was easily one of my favorites of my Senior year in high school.
The Cure – “Burn”
This is another one from The Crow soundtrack (I shared Nine Inch Nails’ cover of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” here). The lyrics seem *to me* to deal more with devastating loss than being spooky. But it’s pain, and pain is scary.
Warren Zevon – “Excitable Boy”
You can find a wealth of information on Warren Zevon from his Wikipedia page. He has worked with an astounding number of top-notch musicians, and in my humble opinion, is in that category himself. I know everyone is already familiar with “Werewolves of London” – also fitting for a Halloween/Spooky playlist – but Zevon’s vividly compelling songwriting combined with his deep, smooth voice make all of his music sound pretty spooky to me. And if the lyrics to “Excitable Boy” aren’t scary and disturbing, then I don’t know what is!
Jane’s Addiction – “Sympathy For The Devil”
I know this is a cover, and the reason I’m using it instead of the Rolling Stones original is because a) it sounds spookier than the original, and b) I actually like it better than the original. I put this up as a contender for a Battle of the Bands face-off against another band (can’t think of who right now) at one of my other blogs, and I seem to remember this one winning by a landslide. This song was also featured in Sons of Anarchy.
Type O Negative – “Black No. 1”
One of the funnier selections for this list! I couldn’t leave out Type O Negative. They always toured around Halloween, and their shows were part of my Halloween and autumn celebrations.
Donovan – “Season of the Witch”
I don’t really have anything to say about this one, just that I love the whole vibe!
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put A Spell On You”
This was some really ground-breaking performance art for the 50s, and this is a show I would love to see even today.
Led Zeppelin – “Battle of Evermore”
This one always makes it onto the scariest/spookiest song lists, and I can see (and hear) why.
And last but not least…what would Halloween be without The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
The cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show – “The Time Warp”
Ministry – “Every Day Is Halloween”
…and that’s it for me till next Halloween! What is on YOUR Halloween playlist?
Hello, Music Monday-ers and 4M-ers! I am freshly back from my Mississippi/Memphis trip, where I got to briefly visit family, and got ever closer to the finish line on my Aunt’s estate. (where I have never seen so much stuff in my life – and I have seen a lot of stuff!) I am enjoying my Monday, having gotten up early to tend to the dogs and clean a bit of house while listening to your selections. I’m normally at work today, but since it’s inventory I’ll be working a long shift tonight instead. This is something totally new for me, so I hope I do everything right. I’ve spent the entire past week preparing myself and my department for it, so there’s really no reason for things not to run smoothly.
It’s a freebie this week on Monday’s Music Moves Me – which can be seen at Cathy’s, Dolly’s, and many of the other participants’ as well – meaning a song of your choice. Rocktober Music Fest 2019 is still going on over at Mary’s, so my post today is doing double duty. I’m working on my spooky playlist for Halloween, and I think I’ll share a selection from that:
Gerard Way – “Baby You’re A Haunted House”
What are YOU listening to today?
It’s Sunday, and I didn’t get any of my weekend plans or errands done. Not only was I going to make cinnamon oil so that I could make a homemade Snake-Away spray, but I also needed to get my car serviced and wanted to get it washed/cleaned. I was going to make more homemade dog food, as the dogs are almost out. Not to mention, I needed to do some shopping for the coming week. Instead, all I managed was laundry (at least it was a good bit of laundry, though) and a headache and a nap. I’ve been feeling run-down all week, and my health issues struck again today. But the nap seems to have taken care of the bulk of it, and I’ll just do the other stuff later.
Oh, and I moved some book-related posts over from The ReInViintaged Life, got myself a NetGalley account (you bookish types should check it out!), and watched a few episodes of Insatiable. Is anyone else watching? I absolutely love that show. It’s dark comedy, and so cleverly written!
Obviously, I didn’t get around to making a #RMF2019 post for Sunday, so for today’s Music Monday And Rocktober Music Fest I’m bringing you some new music, again courtesy of one of the Exit 111 Festival bands, Dirty Honey. Their current single, “When I’m Gone”, is getting a lot of local radio airplay right now, and they’re another new band who are obviously influenced by Led Zeppelin – their Wikipedia page even states this. And they are the first unsigned band to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Impressive! They’ll be in Birmingham later this week, and I really need to head down there to check them out.
Dirty Honey – “When I’m Gone”
This week’s theme at Monday’s Music Moves Me is “songs about taking a journey. It can be an actual trip, or a trip into the imagination, or even an emotional journey.” For that, I’ve selected this song because it always stirs my emotions. It’s about an actual journey, but manages to take me on a metaphorical journey as well – I find myself getting really nostalgic for my younger days, when I could just jump in a car and GO…somewhere…anywhere. Just run. Even though I have firmly planted roots both in my current home and my family’s home elsewhere, I’ve always had a Gypsy soul that longed to travel to other places, and a heart that has always had a strong need to start over elsewhere. This line from the lyrics still manages to nearly bring tears to my eyes all these years later:
I can see it like it’s right before my eyes
By myself time goes by
It was so long ago
It was a long time ago”
This band had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the late 90s-early 00s on alternative and college radio. I still think they’re incredibly talented and am surprised that that was the peak of their commercial career.
Black Lab – “Time Ago”
I guess that’s another week in the books, and another busy one about to start! What are YOU listening to this week? What songs take YOU on a journey – emotional, imaginative, or bring up memories of an actual one?