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Sunday, October 31, 2010

For the last 23 years on WNYC David Garland has been spinning a varying, choice selection of the many spooky, zany, recordings celebrating Halloween. This year, knock again on Spinning On Air's creaking oaken door to receive a grab bag of tricky musical treats. From Ultimate Spinach's "Hip Death Goddess" to Cat Power's "Werewolf," and from Boris Karloff to the Shaggs, you'll get a wide range of songs about ghosts, witches and more, including recordings made for Spinning On Air by Donovan, Antony and the Johnsons, and songwriters Dave Deporis, and Jim Allen.

Comments [6]

David Garland

Richard from the Bronx, thanks for your years of open ears!

Alex and Liz, yes, The Shaggs are a bolt from the blue.

Kenneth Bennett Lane, I hope you tuned in our sister station WQXR on Halloween, when most of the music you mention was featured.

--David

Nov. 05 2010 10:22 AM
Richard from the Bronx

Hey, David. I've been listening to your show for I don't know how many years. Let's just say I have cassettes from Halloween's past dating to the early 90s, which I still bring out and listen to every Halloween. Thanks for being there for us and bringing us all this incredible music I never would have heard otherwise.

Nov. 02 2010 09:11 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from www.WagnerOpera.com

Some people might still remember the radio program, "The Green Hornet" in which Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Flight of the Bumblebee" was supposed to be scary. Time has passed and yesterday's scary is today's bogey man, not very frightening. Now, today, we have HALLOWEEN, what could be a better time to hear music which extols the scary. Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King," Sibelius' "Valse Triste," Verdi's Requiem's "Dies Irae."Schubert's "Erlkoenig,"Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," Gilbert & Sullivan's "Ruddigore's" "When the Night Wind Howls," Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird," Victor Herbert's "March of the Wooden Soldiers," Tschaikovsky's "Swan Lake," Wagner's " "Vorspiel" to Act 3 of "Siegfried," the Execution Scene from Verdi's "Don Carlos," the Wolf's theme from Prokofieff's "Peter and the Wolf," John Williams' Shark's Music from the film "Jaws," the skiing scene from the film "Snowbound," Bernard Hermann's chilling shower scene knifing in the film "Psycho," Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" are some of the more familiar chestnuts, but there are many more musical examples.
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor & director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. and opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare"
Website: WagnerOpera.com

Nov. 01 2010 08:56 PM
Alex from williamsburg

oh, man, the Shaggs!~
great show! love the werewolf cover

Oct. 31 2010 09:29 PM
Liz from New Jersey

Wow! The Shaggs! It's probably been 25 years since I heard them destroy music.

My friend would play their record over and over again until I cried "uncle". So awful, they are absolutely brilliant.

Oct. 31 2010 08:11 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from www.WagnerOpera.com

HALLOWEEN, what could be a better time to hear music which extols the scary. Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King,"
Sibelius' "Valse Trist," Verdi's Requiem's "Dies Irae." "Battle Scene on the Ice" from Sergei Prokofieff's "Alexander Nevsky" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" are some of the more familiar chestnuts, but there are many more musical examples.
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor & director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. Website:
WagnerOpera.com

Oct. 31 2010 11:47 AM

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