Hallowe'en (note the mandatory asterisk) is upon us once again, not even a week before the dread election. As a result, the woods are already full of not-quite-human entities, asking for trick-or-treat one week and your vote the next. Politicians, listen up! We've all had way more than our share of tricks, actually a new record for my lifetime, which ain't short. Time for some treats; the Oligarchs don't get to have them all. As for musical treats of the Hallowe'en variety, I'm going to pass some along to you, free of charge or taxable consequences.
First off, at the beginning of the show, you'll hear a movement from Anthony DiLorenzo's ballet Dracula: The Seduction and another one at the very end. Waltz of the Dead at the start, Parade of Ghouls as a closer. Yikes! you say? You got that right.
Also at the beginning and end, a couple of pieces from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, to maintain the tension. Then, such masterpieces of fright at Hurray for the Riff Raff's The Hungry Ghost, Nina Simone's inimitable version of I Put a Spell on You, Death Cab for Cutie's The Ghosts of Beverly Drive, and who will ever forget the towering horror masterpiece of Sufjan Stevens's They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh! from his immortal CD Come On Feel the Illinois on Asthmatic Kitty Records. I know, I know! You think I'm making this up. AHHH-HA-HA-HAAAAA! Little do you know.
And listen...don't forget to vote, O.K.?