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Music Monday and #RMF2019 for 10.28.2019 – The Halloween Edition

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.

First up…

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?

Featured image courtesy OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay

Writer’s Workshop and #RMF2019 for 10.24.2019

I know, I know. I’m getting entirely too creative with post titles, right? Sometimes I think about NOT titling them, and just typing my first sentence into the title bar. I know you need something intriguing enough to inspire someone to read your post, but I can’t tell that titles have actually helped me all that much.

I digress.

So here we are on the Thursday of a kind of long and kind of stressful week, and surprise! I have another post that will do double duty, as I’d like to throw in a selection for Mary’s Rocktober Music Fest. But first, Writer’s Workshop. Since I’m kind of stress overloaded, I opted to play Halloween This Or That Tag for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop.

She has a YouTube vid to go with hers, but I’m not set up for YouTube, so I’m just answering the questions:

  1. Chocolate candy or fruity? Depends on my mood, but probably chocolate
  2. Witches of Vampires? Witches
  3. Trick or Treat? Treat, please.
  4. Halloween Party or Scary Movie? Scary movie
  5. Skeletons or Zombies? Skeletons
  6. Trick-or-Treat or Hand Out Candy? Hand out candy
  7. Hay Ride or Corn Maze? Hay ride
  8. Scary Costume or Funny Costume? Scary
  9. Pumpkin Seeds or Pumpkin Pie? Pie. Always pie.
  10. Bottle Feed A Baby Zombie or Walk Alone Through A Dark Forest? Walk alone through a dark forest
  11. Bats or Black Cats? Both are adorable.
  12. Pumpkin Spice or hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate
  13. Celebrate in your neighborhood or at the mall? Either/or. My kids and I have done both.

Now, for today’s RMF music:

Nine Inch Nails covering Joy Division‘s “Dead Souls”. An amazing cover, from one of my favorite movies (The Crow). I still listen to this soundtrack regularly, and in my humble opinion, it’s one of the best movie soundtracks ever recorded. I still love mine after 25 years! But I am biased; I love this kind of music.

What is YOUR favorite movie soundtrack, if you have one? What is YOUR Halloween This or That?

Music Monday for 10.21.2019

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?

Featured image courtesy basil smith on Pixabay

Five for Friday for 10.18.2019

I’ve been really lax about pushing myself to do “Five for Friday” posts here lately because they’ve all been in bullet form and since I don’t always follow a particular theme and it’s not an actual hop (YET?), I don’t always feel all that compelled to post. Then I feel bad that they’re usually just random things, though not always. But then I realized that it’s totally okay to post five random things, or five similar things, and that it’s okay that they’re in bullet form, and it’s totally okay that the posts are usually pretty short and sweet.

And just like that, the block lifted, and I’m no longer over-thinking it.

My Five for Friday: Life from Friday – Monday.

  1. There will possibly probably be radio silence here on the blog till Monday, maybe longer if I don’t get a post finished and scheduled to go up Monday. So basically? The same any other week.
  2. Heading out of town to visit family. I should probably be focusing on my podcasts and a playlist.
  3. Heading up to Memphis to do some more work on my aunt’s house, then hopefully back up to The Lookout at the Pyramid, but this time at sunset/early evening. I still haven’t posted my pics from my birthday trip, but why not go back and take more anyway?
  4. I’ll have lots of tv-watching to do when I get back on Sunday.
  5. It’s inventory at work Monday, so I’m scheduled for a rare closing shift + later hours.

For today’s Rocktober Music Fest selection, here’s one for the road:

The Glorious Sons – “Panic Attack”

What are YOU up to this weekend?

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It’s all in a name…and #RMF2019 for 10.17.2019

Today for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop, the theme I chose was “The first name you were almost given before your parents decided on the one you have.”

My featured photo is one of the images that popped up during a Pixabay search for one of the (first) names my parents were considering before settling on the one they gave me. That name was Gabby, to be short for Gabrielle. Gabby would have been a really good fit for me, since I always loved to talk a lot – at least for the first half of my life.

But Gabby was not meant to be, and neither was another name they were considering: Penny, to be short for Penelope. If we’re being totally honest, I really wish they would have given me this one. I love the name Penelope, and Penny would have been an amazing fit, as when I was younger (and through a good portion of my young adult life), my hair was the color of a brand-new shiny penny. The copper weathervane may have been what popped up for Gabby, but the fact that it was copper was not lost on me.

In case you’re wondering, my hair didn’t turn gray when I got older, it just dulled down to a really mousy brown. And that’s why I bottle it now, but I’ve sadly never been able to recreate the color. Still, I consider myself a natural redhead, and always will.

What were YOU almost named before your parents settled on the name you have now?

And speaking of redheads, my two song selections for today for Rocktober Music Fest over at Jingle Jangle Jungle are about redheads!

First up is “Fell In Love With A Girl” by the The White Stripes.

And next is a cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” by a band I’d normally be going to see around this time of year, Type O Negative. People tend to either hate this cover or love it, but I think it’s absolutely amazing.

After all these years, I still can’t believe Peter Steele is gone. I met so many great friends through this band and had so much fun at their shows, and I can’t even put into words how much I miss it all.

Featured image courtesy Kapa65 on Pixabay

Music Monday and #RMF2019 for 10.14.2019

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:

“All by myself
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?

Featured image courtesy StockSnap on Pixabay

#RMF2019 for 10.12.2019

This weekend, THE place to be if you love metal and hard rock is definitely the Exit 111 Festival. 2019 is the very first one, and I am heartbroken (not even lying or being dramatic, y’all!) at not being able to attend such an historic event. Maybe next year!

The full lineup is so impressive, but the band I want to see the most out of all of them is Ghost. They’ve been one of my very favorite bands for a few years now, so if you’ve been with me in the blogosphere or on social media, then you’ve already seen me talk about them. If you haven’t been following their career, then you have really been missing out!

My selection for today’s Rocktober Music Fest over at Mary’s is…

Ghost – “Kiss the Go-Goat”

And in other news, Alabama finally got some cooler weather! I love it right now, because while it’s a little too cool for me (I wanted temps in the 60s-lower 70s, it’s in the 50s right now), I do love that it’s overcast. My mood is best with overcast skies if not rainy or outright stormy, so I am soaking up every bit of this moment before it becomes sunny again later today.

I will be doing some full-moon-eve cleaning, making more homemade dog food (review coming on that here in a bit), and starting my oils for the MIY Snake-Away concoction. Side note: I wasn’t able to get the snake from Friday’s post out, but I haven’t seen it anymore. Honestly? Knowing it’s probably still in here doesn’t even bother me. Not even a little bit. I do get unnerved when I see them in here, not gonna lie. But for the most part, we can co-exist unless it gets bolder as it gets bigger. Just take care of my mouse problem and we good!

What are YOUR weekend plans? Did you get to attend the Exit 111 Festival?

Five For Friday and #RMF2019 for 10.11.2019

Five for Friday, in which I choose and share five things I’ve enjoyed/are on my mind/I need to do/I’m listening to/watching/etc., is first. My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today, in case that’s what you’re here for, is toward the bottom of the post!

Late last night I got comfy in my bed with every intention of watching Hawaii Five-O till I fell asleep, and I was almost there…so close…when my dog jumped down and went to investigate something in the floor at the upper corner of the bed. This is where I stop and give you a bit of backstory: this time of year, all kinds of critters attempt to run me out of my home. Everything from mice to ladybugs to camel crickets. I live in the country in the middle of two cotton fields next to an empty house with a now overgrown, wooded lot, and critters (and getting rid of them) are just part of living here.

So what had my dog discovered? A baby rat snake. It came in with the recent dip in temperatures, after our most recent influx of mice no doubt. It was curious about Ari, and Ari was curious about it and sniffed it a bit before he decided it wasn’t worth killing and didn’t present danger. I didn’t even bat an eye, because this is about the dozenth time I’ve seen one of these snakes in my house. I usually have my sons remove them to the yard, and if I’m here by myself and can’t round them up, I let them go. As I mentioned, mice can be a problem here, and these rat snakes? They take care of that problem. Sure, I’d rather have them in the crawlspace or completely outside, but they tend to find their own way out.

I was reminded of a few summers ago when I saw my last snake in here. My sons were gone, the snake went out, and I promptly went to the Home Depot to get some Snake Defense spray. I sprayed it all around my house, indoors and out, because it’s all-natural and completely safe for children and pets. And? It smelled sooooo good! Come to find out, many natural snake repellents are made with cinnamon oil and clove oil. I had just made a batch of fall cleaning vinegar, which has an oil blend with cinnamon and clove oils, so last night I grabbed the spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner I’d made from it and sprayed around my bed. I watched the snake for a while, and the snake didn’t cross the area where I’d sprayed. So I thought this weekend, I’d make a stronger homemade version of Snake Defense. Here’s my Five For Friday, and what I plan on putting in it:

  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Clove oil
  • Black Pepper oil
  • Anise Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil

I’m hoping those scents will also repel the mice – and I’ll be spending all weekend spraying it around the exterior of the house, anywhere mice/snakes can get in (and stuffing those places with steel wool), and maybe diffusing the “snake oil”. Rat snakes are one thing, but poisonous snakes can get in just as easily, and I can not have that.

On to the MUSIC! My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today is the latest from a band who finally released some new music after ten long years.

Tool – “Fear Inoculum”

It is long, but fantastic. Chances are you’ve already heard this if you’re a Tool fan, but if you are a Tool fan and haven’t heard it yet? Pretty sure you’ll love it!

What are YOU listening to this week? What about five things? Five fave new songs, tv shows, books, podcasts, hacks/tips? Let me know!

Featured image courtesy Daria-Yokovleva on Pixabay

Music Monday and #RMF2019 for 10.06.2019

It’s the first Monday in October, my favorite month of the year. I love September almost as much, since it has the end of summer, the Autumnal Equinox, and my birthday. But October? October is magical. Something happens in October that brings out the happiness in me, and I appreciate this last hurrah before the colder, darker months.

And on that note, there is no theme this week for Monday’s Music Moves Me, but I’ve been really been getting in the mood for all the scary spookiness to come. Here’s a blast from my past. I loved this movie! (Trick or Treat, 1986):

Fastway – “After Midnight”

Also, Mary’s got a great little musical blog festival going on all month at her place, #RocktoberMusicFest2019, so I think I’ll stop by there as well!

What music are YOU listening to this time of year?

Featured image courtesy Free-Photos on Pixabay