Halloween 666 Series, Part One

The Skeletones With Haunted House and Family Plot Cemetery
Haunted House and Cemetery

I will have a series of 6 Halloween Scenes, with 6 songs, and Its just over 6 weeks until Halloween.

Covid Raven Watching Over Us All
The Ghost in the Family Cemetery
Haunted House and Cemetery with Harvest Moon
The Skeletone Singers – on KILL Radio
The Skeletones with Band
Mr. Gourd on the 88’s
Another View
Family Plot Tombstone
The Thing
Little Shop of Horrors?
The Cheap Seats
With Back Lighting
Light Rays
Family Plot
Is that Screaming I hear?
And The Band Played on
I heard a noise in the attic

Lord Huron Review

Mine Forever is the best rock video I’ve seen in 10 years and their music is right up there with Blanche.

This is the song and video I wish I did. It’s super inspirational – something that really stokes my motivation to try to write something remotely as good.

They have a great sound complete with violin and theremin. In other songs they use a heavily processed lap steel as a fill / lead instrument.

The Face That Launched A Thousand Chips

Lady Barnacle (aka Sally Mae)

There is a band that is just awesome – they are called “Lord Huron”. Run – don’t walk to listen to them. Check out “Mine Forever” on YouTube. Now, THAT takes alt-country and alt-roots and even Dead Country and adds a Western twist – a combo of several things – surf, spaghetti western movie theme, and is a stew of just the perfect ingredients.

I have been “absorbing” music that I have been listening to – and then trying to emulate their sound. It wasn’t really a conscious decision – I listened to all of the Dead Country Radio YouTube shows that is posted – and next thing you know – my Thinline Telecaster with its country and rockabilly sound became my main squeeze for the entire month of August. I think when you listen intensely and intently to something – that it turns something on in the brain – and you want to play what is bottled up in the old coconut.

This morning, I found my wife’s acoustic guitar from the 70’s – and I wrote this song on the living room chair and then had to record it. Then I added a Telecaster part and then lap steel. Later in the day – after my bike ride and weight lifting at the gym – and some really fun work on the Imaginary Puppet Theatre – where I painted a GREAT Harvest Moon, I added the bass and violin.

I never copy any band – I morph it and bastardize it to my own style. This ended up being a longer “jam” than usual. It was just too much fun . . .

She was the belle of the ball
Made of paper and clay
Exquisite in every way
Lovely Sally Mae

Men sailed the seven seas
To court her every day
Exquisite in every way
Lovely Sally Mae

So close and Yet so far
Her suitors held at bay
Exquisite in every way
Lovely Sally Mae

Chorus

She was the one
That got away
But one that never was
Made of paper and clay
Exquisite Sally Mae

Edgar Allan Poe and Autumn

Edgar Allan Poe With Friends

I have a book of the Complete Works of Poe, and each Autumn I read from it. The stories and poetry just seem to fit like a glove in Autumn. Partly because of Halloween, partly due to the metaphor of earth going into a Winter Slumber. It works for both hemispheres, actually, but Halloween is certainly a Northern Hemisphere tradition.

Its funny, the first story I read last night was “The Power of Words”, which is set with two Greek Mythological like characters, Oinos (one) and Agathos (good). The story is based on their discussion of how earth was created, the search of truth, knowledge and happiness and the earth’s end. Very interestingly, he intimates the big bang theory where The Creator sets off an initial creation and then, its up to the living beings to evolve.

A few posts ago I mentioned the exact same thing, so maybe it’s synchronicity? Coincidence? In any case – pretty cool and fun.

Poe died at age 40 – 10 years before Darwin published his Theory of Evolution, and so while it seems like Darwin might have influenced Poe, it is more likely a coincidence, and that searching for life’s beginning and what the universe was is more likely. It must have been what people were thinking back then the Industrial Revolution was between 1760 and 1840 – so you can call that the first tech wave I suppose. I read a book about the Transit of Venus that happened in and around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution – so its cool to note that that happened even before America became America. But I digress.

Poe offered a lecture that attempted to solve Olbers Paradox, which is basically about the darkness between stars and why the night sky isn’t full of star light. There’s much more to this, so Google it – its fascinating. Darwin approached evolution from a more biological perspective – together it’s fascinating stuff.

I knew that Poe was the “inventor” of the American “detective” short story, that he had a sad tormented life, that his mother and father died when he was very young and then wife died early as well. He also struggled trying to make a living as a writer and then Alcohol and drugs.

I did not know how interested he was in science, but I’m very impressed.

Knowing more about him helps me better understand his writing, which sometimes can be hard to follow. For example, in the case of The Power of Words I did not get that the title is tied to one of the last sentences, where he basically equates the Big Bang first “vibration” to how when you speak a word its a sound vibration. More importantly how powerful the written word is. A written treatise or theory can be quite earth shaking.

And that makes so much sense. Whether it be the Bible, US Constitution or Bill of Rights or Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, these are written with words that a phrase in this short story mentions could be considered Heresy.

Yeah, Poe was surely a genius. Imagine the world where Darwin, Poe and Lincoln were born in the same year, and Charles Dickens a few years later.

Headier times than our recent prophecies shared through the parables of Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore and The Kardashians ……

Todays Song Uses a VST (virtual) Synth based on Bucla’s Music Box – a Fantastic Invention

Yeah – I’ll choose science vs. seance . . . .

Twelve String Autumn

My Beloved Gretsch 12 String Guitar

I found more little hints of fall along my bike ride today. I also cut and painted what will become the Imaginary Puppet Theatre full moon with bats from a few blog posts ago. Big excitement here in Orinda this holiday weekend! Man, its so nice when you’re in your own world and loving it.

Today’s song is part of a love affair I’m having with my 12 String guitar because it somehow is lush like the Fall Colors.

Self Portrait – hahaha

I’ll do another photo shoot Sunday – it will be an early Halloween post, then I will probably do a Thanksgiving “pageant” set and finally Christmas. Stay tuned.

Fall Leaves

Amazing Grace – Filtered

There is one time every year where the natural beauty is so great, I swear to God I almost believe in God (again).

Au Naturelle

You know what, nature’s beauty always reminds me that “God” got the big bang started that led to all this beauty. Beauty that man can’t create himself. It truly is other worldly.

Today’s song is more folksy, and I think more fitting for fall leaves. This fall weather and pageant has me in a great thankful mood to try to write some pretty songs.

Then I’m sure Halloween will have it’s usual effect on me.

For several years now, my absolute favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. We do give thanks, and yes, for family, friends, the bounty of the earth and whomever or whatever did create all of this. I’m sure it’s something no one on earth really truly knows, and you know what, I like a good mystery every now and then.

(Haunted) Harvest Moon

This Motif Works Very Well

This morning was quite chilly. Its definitely been a cooler than normal summer, and luckily, the fog persisted for the entire month of August. Some trees are turning color and they look quite nice. We had a few of days this past week, but every night it got nice and cool. In some ways its perfect weather. Knock on wood that it continues this way.

The backdrop that I have is a deep navy blue with constellations. This is perfect – I will hang a round moon with bats down behind the haunted house and graveyard.

I Will Use a Yellow – Orange Moon but add Red Eyes for the Bats

I will do a photo shoot Sunday, September 5th. One last moon scene – from one if the best all time albums, Harvest Moon.

A Real Masterpiece

The Ballad of Swanky Sweet

The Life of an Idle White Privileged Socialite
Well buoyed By Daddy's cash
Debutant of Nouveaux White Trash
Tis the tale of Swanky Sweet
A more privileged Maiden
You'll never meet

Husband is a cuckold putz
Convict father is quite the yutz
Just like father, just like son
New York con men on the run

They say that power doth corrupt
All their riches never enough
Empty souls in dire need
A sty of pigs slopped in greed

Chorus
Just like Scrooge
They count their coins
Line their pockets
Grease their loins

But unlike Dear Uncle Scrooge
There's no remorse,
No accounting
For this stinking brood

Mount Flushmore

Four BRats

Mount Flushmore is a new National Monument in the USA that celebrates the polar opposite of what Mount Rushmore represents.

Four faces
Immortalized in stone
Made our country Groan (Again)
Subjects of this poem

King Orange Grifter
Lunatic shape shifter
Loved by GOP
Spreads the Covid seed

Next is Swanky Sweet
Husband is a creep
Stealing what they can
Grifting on demand

Next is Junior Don
Snorting what he's on
Creepy girl Cruella
A match made in Hell-a

Last is Dummy Poo
Knows not what to do
Wife has quite the tongue
Emperors thread they've spun






Unhappy Acres

Happy Acres Looked Like Fort Knox. Unhappy Acres Looks Like Fort Apache of the Bronx

I realized that while the cemetery model looked cool from a certain perspective, it didn’t work for the photographic intentions that I have.

Today’s song was a blast. Fender Thin Telecaster, Gretsch Lap Steel, Piano and Bass. I thoroughly enjoyed playing every part.