Tag: Music

The October Songs: Part 1

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Well, Thanksgiving is this weekend.  That magical time of year where you are practically required to stuff your face as much as humanly possible.  It’s a glorious thing, and one of my favorite parts of fall.

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But you know what else October is good for?  HALLOWEEN!  Yes, it’s still 3 weeks away, but I’m STILL EXCITED!

October is a special month, when you think about it.  Very rarely do two major holidays converge on the same four week period.  And this month is when you truly start to feel that the summer is past and that the transition to winter has definitely taken hold.  The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and there’s a vibe in the air.  It’s hard to describe this vibe; it’s vibrant and fresh, but also melancholic and…yes, let’s face it, creepy.  There’s a finality in the air, a sense of decay and death, and not just because Halloween’s coming; it’s in the very air and trees around us.  It’s no wonder just about every civilization that has a festival of the macabre has it around this time of year.  Winter’s coming, and back in the day it wasn’t a guarantee that everyone was going to make it through, so the world gets a little scary leading up to it.

So, as humans are wont to do with things that scare us, we have some fun with it.  We have our harvest and then we party hearty in costumes, visit Wonderland for mazes that make you jump and scream, and watch scary movies (Click here for a great article on the appeal of the Horror genre).  And since music is always the soundtrack to our lives, I always put together a playlist or two that really tries to capture the spirit of the season.

Case in point; this song.  This is Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s 1994 track “Red Right Hand”.  I’ve recently rediscovered it; I vaguely recall it from the Scream soundtrack back in the day, but it’s been around since then.  The original or various covers have cropped up in soundtracks like Dumb and Dumber, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Hellboy and the upcoming Crimson Peak.  Chris Carter said the track was an inspiration for the show X-Files and the song recently cropped up again as the theme for the BBC series Peaky Blinders.  And since I’ve found it again it’s in heavy rotation on my iPhone.  Let’s listen…

Chimes?  Check!  Organs?  Check!  Creepy story?  Check!  Borrowing from Milton’s Paradise Lost in reference to the Vengeful Hand of God?  (“Should intermitted vengeance arm again / His red right hand to plague us?”)  Check and check!  Really, does it get much more October than this?

No, really, I’m asking.  What songs make this spooky time spooky for you?  I’ll be posting more ideas over the next few weeks so go ahead and comment with your picks.  Any other staff that want to put up their own creepy songs as posts should absolutely go for it.

And don’t forget we’ve got the Murder Mystery happening, a visit from Kelly Armstrong, and so much fun stuff going down we can barely stand it!

And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Scar Tissue

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Scar Tissue cover imageScar Tissue is a memoir from one of the world’s most renowned lead singers. In this book, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers reminisces about his life up to now. It all starts in Kiedis’ birthplace, Grand Rapids in Michigan. He then moves to Hollywood with his divorced father, where he is first introduced to drugs and girls and theft. After he graduates high school, his drug addiction worsens but he creates the legendary band known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is already selling out arena concerts after releasing their fourth album. Throughout the book, we meet Kiedis’ many girlfriends, each of them eccentric and different: Haya, Jennifer, Jaime and so on. He recounts many fond experiences, ranging from his first time meeting his bandmates to his sudden leap from homelessness to stardom. We see him and his fellow bassist Flea endure the come and go of countless band members, as well as the deaths of a lot of very close people. Scar Tissue is a peek into his mind.

As a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I really enjoyed reading this book. Anthony Kiedis is many things: a womanizer, a poet, a drug addict, and you could see these things in his writing and experience. Now that I listen to the band’s music, I understand how Kiedis got the inspiration for his songs and the meaning behind them. I feel more connected to him and the band, in a way. Even if you aren’t a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, you could still read this book just to get an idea of what the 90′s rock scene was like. You might even start listening to the band. Scar Tissue is one of the best music memoirs out there. Playing in a band is a long and bumpy journey.

The Weeknd – It’s New Soul

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Beauty Behind the MadnessNew soul music is something that I struggle with at times. And by “new soul music” I mean soul music made since that period when EVERY SINGLE SOUL ARTIST CREATED THE BEST MUSIC EVER! Seriously. If you ever want to get people dancing at a party – thrown on some Motown.

But new soul music, it gets tricky. All lot of the new stuff I really like, but much of it – like Sharon Jones or Raphael Saadiq – are throwbacks to the earlier sound. Now they’re excellent throwbacks, but nothing that reinvents the style.

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Week of Geek Bonus: Comic Con wrapped up in a musical number

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‘Member how earlier this week I was talking about 2015′s Comic Con in San Diego?  Well, here’s a recap of the experience…IN SONG!  Enjoy!

Sing on Nerdy Princess, sing on!

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And go see Ant-Man!  I saw it last night and it was AWESOME!  And this may go without saying at this point, but stay ’til the end of the credits.  I was fangirling so hard!

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‘Til next time, End of Line.

Musical Tribute for James Horner

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James Horner MoviesSo much has happened this week in world-wide news! But I want to tell you about something you may have missed in your news feed this week. This week we have lost another great one. We have lost many great ones recently; Robbin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Christopher Lee and unfortunately the great men and women of this age will continue to pass on as the years go by.

This week we have lost  James Horner.James Horner James Horner may not be a name that you recognize because he’s not an actor, like those previously mentioned. But you will know his work. He is a composer, meaning that he wrote the music that you hear in the background of many favourites and movies dear to our hearts.

He is most well known for his Titanic Score. He won an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score for the music and won Best Original Song for the famous “My Heart Will Go On” Titanic song. Those are just a few things he won an Oscar for. He has been nominated for other scores such as James Cameron’s Aliens, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind and Avatar. He has scored over 100 films and many of them we grew up with.

For those of us that grew up in the 80′s and 90′s, you will remember the classic kids movies that you sat watching for hours such as Balto, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and The Mask of Zorro. Well James Horner composed the music to ALL those movies. Can you believe it? He has touched all our lives, both as children and as adults, through his music. Horner once said, “I’m different from some other composers because I don’t look at this as just a job. I see music as art.” And that is definitely what his music is- art. We have definitely lost a master of his craft. We are fortunate that he lives on through his music.


If you want to take a look at his work we have a large selection of his musical scores here.  If you want to delve into the magical world of movie music, take a look at our collection of Soundtracks that Inspire. You will find James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, John Williams and many more composers that make our movie going experience something that touches our souls.