Halloween season is almost upon us and the activities and traditions to be upheld are overwhelming. Or at least whelming. Either way, it's a good thing. Many people think of Halloween as a day but I think that it has a season just as much as Christmas. The season starts October 1st of course. From that day on I listen to nothing but the Halloween CDs in my car. This used to be tedious (listening to 2 or 3 cds for a month is hard to do) but there are so many cds now that I barely manage to get through them before halloween. These are also the only actual cds I listen to. Everything else is on IPOD but a big part of the Halloween cds is the art so I dig em up and throw em in the glove compartment.
For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about, the Halloween cd is a tradition that was started in 1995 when Jon Madsen and I made a tape of great Halloween songs. When we returned from our various missions we just kept going. We call ourselves Jon R. Productions. I think. If you would like a copy of any of the previous cds (or the 2 disc 10 year retrospective) I can get those for you. Just let me know. I'll post the track lists in another blog.
This year's cd is in the works. We are still settling on a theme. I think we are going with creepy girls. Songs about witches, blind dates etc. Spooky by the Classics IV and Witch Queen of New Orleans by Leon Redbone are good examples. We still haven't decided if it will be a full on Ladies of Halloween album (every song going with the theme) or just heavily themed (like the Sci-fi album of a few years ago and last year's Hell album). Also it's been mentioned that the theme could be interpreted as only songs sung by girls. That might make it easier in some ways but I think it would actually be harder to get enough songs. If we could pull it off, a Halloween cd of nothing but female vocalists could be way awesome. Anyway, vote over there on the right on what you think we should do.
This year for Halloween I think I'm going to be the wolfman. Val bought me a black silk shirt that I wore with khakis to church. I later watched Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and I think I was dressed just like Lawrence Talbot (Lon Cheney Jr.). Last year I was Frankenstein and the year before I was Dracula. I'm trying to pay my respects to the classics.
I'm also really excited for scary movie times! I already put all my Halloweeny movies into their own book so that I can plow through them next month. I'm especially excited about the Frankenstein fest. I have about 6 Frankenstein movies all made by Universal in the 30s and 40s. However, this means I'll be spending a lot of time alone as Valerie won't watch scary movies. She calls Snow White a scary movie. What can you do?
Anyway, I hope you all have a very merry Halloween!
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