Music for words and visual on Halloween

Naples, Italy [photo @RT]

Inspired by “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” I made “The Seven Days of Halloween,” posting a song a day + 1 (on Halloween day) on my Facebook timeline.  I alternated a song (with vocals)  with jazz (jazz is my absolute favorite musical genre). There are endless Halloween-inspired tunes. I chose music that I know and like and that has often been the soundtrack to my reading evenings.

So,  today – at last, Halloween – music will accompany a Halloween-inspired reading and visual list. In this department, too, the possible choices are numberless. The following are, simply, books, stories and films (well, just one!) that I’ve read, seen and loved.

Day #1 – The Cranberries, Zombies – WITH George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead (1968)

(A zombie is certainly a nomadic creature!)


Day #2 – Donald Byrd, Witchcraft – WITH the three Witches, from William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1603-07)

“Double, double toil and trouble /  Fire burn, and caldron bubble”

Day #3 – Dead Can Dance, I’m stretched on your Grave – WITH Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire (1976)

Day #4 – Bill Evans Trio, Haunted Heart – WITH Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)


Day #5 – Radiohead, Give up the Ghost  – WITH Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)


Day #6 – Arnold Lee, Witch Hunt – WITH an interactive tour of Salem Witchcraft Hysteria by the National Geographic

Day #7 – Cocteau Twins, Persephone – WITH Sylvia Plath, Two Sisters of Persephone


… and on Halloween day, (my beloved!) Tom Waits, Cemetery Polka – WITH Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard




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  1. […] year I posted a Halloween-inspired Book spine poetry and a playlist in which each tune was accompanied by a reading item (and in one case, a […]

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