October 2009

An Article on my Halloween Carols™ from my Hometown Newspaper

Happy All Hallows Day, my dear Trick-or-Treaters! I hope you all had enchanting, fun Halloweens last night.

The Orange County Register published an article on my Halloween Carols™ yesterday that made front page! I thought you might enjoy reading it:


Mostly Ghostly - the boast-y host-y

Of all my Halloween Carols, “Mostly Ghostly” is the only one for which I wrote the words first.

Isn’t that funny? I was always taught by music teachers and professors that text comes first, then the music, so that the music can express the text. Well, “Mostly Ghostly” is the only one that follows that advice.

The Souling Songs - souling for souls

Before I purr on and on about the Souling Song, I’d like to wish my soul friend, Lady Bats, a happy birthday today. Happy All Births Day. In her words, she and I are “carved from the same pumpkin.”

Broomy Zoomy Zoom!

It’s time to blog about the title track from my Halloween CD this year – “A Broom With A View.”

It’s about a witch taking a joy ride on a broom. This is one song I could call “Halloween History ‘Lite’” because I don’t go too far into the history of witches and Halloween. I just wanted to create a mood and emotion of a lovely, elegant witch taking an otherworldly ride through the sky.

Sleeping Dust - humming past the graveyard

“Sleeping Dust – ‘The Death Lullaby’” is the third Halloween Carol I wrote.

It came to me that first day when I decided that we need Halloween carols. I had played the organ for a funeral, and the autumn equinox was a week away. “Ghost of John,” the traditional American folk tune, came to my head during the service and I felt the pull to go directly home to my piano and write.

More Cat Für You!

For those who don’t sneeze at the presence or thought of a cat, I would like to let you know that Molly’s song, “Cats In The Catacombs,” is up on YouTube. It’s mostly still photography, but includes some video of her recording session:


She is my “mews.”

Kitties in the Kitty-combs

If you don’t like cats, I advise you to avert your eyes from this blog right now.

Because I’m going to tell you about my Halloween Carol, “Cats In The Catacombs,” which is full of cat goodness!

Oh yes, I LOVES deh kittehs! In fact, a good dose of “lolcats” is happy medicine. If you’ve never heard of this site …


Miss Flappy Bat

I’d like to tell you a bit about a bat.

A flappy bat.

Yes, I know that “flappy” is not a word, but I want it to be, and that’s one reason I love writing music and lyrics … NO RULES. Of course there are “rules” in music composition and English grammar, but sometimes rules need to be broken … intelligently … to wrangle one’s art as one’s vision guides.

So … “Flappy Bat” … it’s just fun to say out loud. Try it! Flappy bat. Flappy bat.