Halloween sing-a-long

I don’t think it would be right to pass through October without a hat tip to songs with a Halloween theme.  Here are 40 of them. You have a week to add more or weed out the ones you don’t like. 

  1. Bobby PickettMonsteMash
  2. David BowieScarMonsters
  3. Vincent Price does The MonsteMash
  4. Cheap TrickWoke up with Monster
  5. New York DollsFrankenstein
  6. Edgar Winter – Frankenstein
  7. Lenny KravitzFrankenstein
  8. Annie Lennox – Love Song For A Vampire
  9. Rob ZombieDragula
  10. Warren ZevonWerewolves of London
  11. Guess WhoClap For The Wolfman
  12. EaglesWitchy woman
  13. DonovanSeason of the Witch
  14. SantanaBlack Magic Woman
  15. Frank SinatraWitchcraft
  16. Panic! at the DiscoNearly Witches (Ever Since We Met…)
  17. The SpecialsGhost Town
  18. Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders in the Sky
  19. Indigo GirlsGhost
  20. GhostBusters Theme Song
  21. Rush –  Ghost of chance
  22. RadioheadGive up the Ghost
  23. Simply RedGhost Of Love
  24. Don McLeanSuperman’s Ghost
  25. Bruce Springsteen w.Tom MorelloGhost of Tom Joad
  26. Oingo BoingoDead Man’s Party
  27. Jan and DeanDead Man’s Curve
  28. U2Wake Up Dead Man
  29. BauhausBela Lugosi’s Dead
  30. King CrimsonOne More Red Nightmare
  31. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceNightmare On My Street
  32. Alice CooperWelcome to My Nightmare
  33. Meat LoafBat Out of Hell
  34. The White StripesCatch Hell Blues
  35. Tom WaitsHell Broke Luce
  36. Pat BenatarHell Is for Children
  37. Jimi HendrixVoodoo Child
  38. Blue Oyster Cult(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
  39. RamonesPet Sematary
  40. Michael JacksonThriller

She wrote the songs – Moy Motown

It can be so hard to find information about women in music. Unless it’s made explicit, cultural assumptions have tended to credited the creation of music to men. Women are more likely to be given credit performing music than creating it. If you look hard enough though, there are women behind some of the most powerful and enduring popular music.

That’s the case with Sylvia Moy. She was an American songwriter and record producer, most famously associated with Motown Records. It’s hard to imagine some high profile Motown artists without her.


Take Stevie Wonder for example:

Or Martha and the Vandellas:

Or Marvin Gaye:

And maybe you haven’t heard of The Velvelettes, but you need to hear them now:



Baroque October

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some September born Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.


Giulio Caccini (1551–1618)

Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)

Domenico Scarlatti -portrait by Domingo Antonio Velasco

Étienne Moulinié (1599–1676)

Hans Leo Hassler (1564–1612)


Sebastian Anton Scherer (1631–1712)


František Tůma (1704–1774)

Antoine Dauvergne (1713–1797)

Johann Nicolaus Bach (1669–1753)

Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750)

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)

Pierre van Maldere (1729–1768)

Domenico Zipoli (1688–1726)

Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)

Johan Helmich Roman (1694–1758)

Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703–1771)

Šimon Brixi (1693–1735)