Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Valse Triste, by Jean Sibelius

Greetings, spookyfriends; are you surviving the polar vortex?  It’s going to be very cold again tonight in Chicago (less so in L.A.; be relieved, Michael), the kind of night when you want mulled wine and sad music while watching the flames dance in the fireplace.  Makes you wonder what sad, lonely spirits would dance to […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Allen Toussaint, strolling with skeletons

Greetings, spookyfans!  Are you staying warm out there tonight?  It’s tooth-chattering out here in the Midwest, and we didn’t even get Buffalo’s snow!  (Buffalo has our deepest sympathies … for its snow-day off.  Wait, what are we saying?!  Never mind).  Out here in Chicago, we’re just thrilled not to be shoveling. Now I don’t know […]

Music for the Grim(m) Season  – Dancing on graves

Welcome, spookyfriends!  Since this week began on Monday with the Day of the Dead, we thought this week’s music should relate to the dead.  Not the honored saints of last Sunday (All Saints’ Day), but the rest of the dead whom we remember on All Souls’ Day, November 2.  You know, that day when people […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Louis Armstrong and your favorite mouse

Good eeeeeeeevening, daaaaarrrrrrrrrlink creatures, dooooooo come innnnnn!  Tonight’s spooky installment of Music For The Grim(m) Season comes to you courtesy of ol’ Satchmo himself, Louis Armstrong, who has been known to sing a creepy Christmas song or two in his time. Alas, but the great Louie is dead, having departed waaaaaay back in 1971.  This […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Pretty Polly

It’s that time of year again for creepy music, and so it will be until winter finally fades (or at least until the solstice, when the days start growing longer again).  In this installment of our continuing series Music For The Grim(m) Season, we bring you that particular subset of traditional folk music known as […]

Music for The Grim(m) Season: Unto Ashes

Happy third day of Hallowmas!  It’s the Day of the Dead, aka All Souls’ Day; and while we’ll get into describing that later next week in more detail, for now we’ll help you celebrate with this week’s musical offering. Unto Ashes is a musical ensemble that describes itself as “unrepentant purveyors of apocalyptic folk, medieval […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season: John Williams’s Harry Potter chorus

As those of you who regularly follow this blog may have noticed, SpookyThings online is really a blog for adults.  That doesn’t mean it’s x-rated or anything like that, but we deal with a certain sensibility and subject matter that (let’s face it) isn’t really for the littlest kiddies, much though they may love Halloween, […]

Spooky Song Of The Week for Oct. 20th:  the Vampire Waltz and Dearg Due

It’s still the weekend, so we’re not late yet (just barely) for the Spooky Song Of The Week.  This time, it’s “The Vampire Waltz,” by Hannah Fury.  Fury is an American singer-songwriter not unlike Tori Amos, except that Fury focuses more on melancholy than anything else and is too shy for live performances.  Fury began […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Spooky Songs Of The Week bonus tune – A-Soalin’

Aw heck, I couldn’t help myself.  Here I was, looking for material for the next post, when a tune kept nagging me in the back of my head.  The truth is that when I spent time over the last week looking into the music of Kristen Lawrence, the tune I really wanted to hear was […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Spooky Songs Of The Week, Oct. 12th

Have you ever thought that Halloween deserved its own set of serious spooky music?  We don’t mean camp or cute, though the soundtracks that Danny Elfman wrote for Tim Burton‘s dark fairy tales border on that.  We also don’t mean pop music (“Monster Mash” would certainly qualify for that category).  Naturally, there’s already classical music […]