The theme for this week was “favorite Halloween reads,” but since I don’t have any, I thought I’d list my favorite Halloween music instead.
In my teen years, playlists were an important part of any holiday. My sister was the best at making them. She had the patience to slowly lower the needle onto the vinyl and pause the cassette tapes at just the right spot. Besides that she had a good sense of how to arrange the music so that the slow bits were mixed perfectly in with the funky and rock-y bits. My tapes were always filled with hisses, pops, and snatches of stray music.
Now we have iTunes and similar, and while we might complain about the digital sound, transitions between songs are no longer an issue. Also, if a playlist is not the right balance, you can just rearrange it – no screaming and kicking the stereo, or throwing your records out the window. It’s easy and anybody can do it (provided they have a computer). So, true to my family tradition, each holiday in this house is preceded by weeks of careful playlist creation.
This year’s Halloween playlist represents years of experience fussing with such things. Here are nine of the best songs: (more…)Read More...