Since it’s October now, I thought I’d share some amazing tunes that fit the build-up to Halloween (and the day itself). Dark, evocative, passionate musical treats that, to me, fit this month of change just as well as a walk in foggy woods or watching “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
- Dave Matthews Band: “Halloween” – The version I have is from ‘Warehouse 5, volume 3’ recorded live in 2002 at Madison Square Garden. Sounds fantastic, though I understand the lyrics vary from one recording to the next (I often picture a lonely goblin up in a twisted tree). (Warning: Foul language.)
- Dream Theater: “A Nightmare to Remember” – I love listening to the instrumental version of this 16-minute tour-de-force (sorry, Mr. LaBrie). For storytellers, this is one of those pieces that can set your mind going in about seven different directions.
- Wojciech Kilar: “Vampire Hunters” from “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” – Among the best cinema themes out there. Here’s one place to buy the disc.
- Trevor Jones: “The Kiss” from “The Last of the Mohicans” – Another cinema great, sad and epic. The soundtrack version seems particularly sad and old-school.