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.

This carol has words, but I decided to release it first without words to show that it is a lullaby, so I hummed it. You can view the carol in multiple ways. Something to hum at a gravesite. Something the living sing to each other to give comfort about death. Something the dead sing to the living … or each other. This “Ashes to Ashes Version” symbolizes simple beginnings and simple endings with a world of intensity in between.

Here in America, most of us celebrate just Halloween. But I feel like we are missing out on the complete holiday – the days of the dead – October 31, November 1, and November 2. In Mexico on November 2, people have picnics on family member’s graves. In Europe on November 1 and 2, people go in droves to visit the cemeteries.

November 1 and 2 are like Memorial Day. This past Memorial Day, I went for a bike ride through the graveyard and it was a party! Totally packed. Cemeteries are such lovely places and I really think there ought to be parties there all the time.

But then, maybe I like quiet cemeteries the best. I do like my bike rides through there when no one is around.

Here are the words on the CD:

Hmmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Hmmm Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Hmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmmmm