A few years ago I bought a Halloween compilation with a mix of movie themes and dark classical music. After it downloaded, I noticed that the recording for Night on Bald Mountain was actually titled A Night on Bald Mountain. I spent a few minutes trying to google whether adding “A” to the beginning of the title was correct or not (did not find a definitive answer) and didn’t think much of of it after. Until this summer, when I finally bought a car with a USB connection that lets me connect my phone to my car’s stereo system. By default, it will play the first song alphabetically listed in my music library, which is A Night on Bald Mountain. Mussorgsky’s tone poem is now what I wind up listening to while I back out of my driveway. Which is fine with me, since Night on Bald Mountain was my favorite part of Fantasia growing up. Leopard Stowoski‘s blending of the piece with Ava Maria is the reason why I chose to walk down the …
Wax figure of James Dean at the Pigeon Ford Hollywood Wax Museum. It was a little strange to see his likeness in color.
When I spent weekends visiting my grandparents growing up, there was often Broadway musicals playing on their record player. Sunset Boulevard was often in rotation, so I loved that it serves as the inspiration for this portrait taken by J.J. Grafton. Over the Christmas and New Year period, we watched a lot of old films on television, including Sunset Boulevard, starring the wonderful Gloria … FADED DREAMS
Happy New Year!
I have been a huge fan of Matthew Borne and his ballet company New Adventures since I saw their production of Sleeping Beauty on tour in 2013. His award winning productions usually lean toward the avant-garde, such as a gender swap production of Swan Lake. In Borne’s ballet version of Edward Scissorhands, he keeps Danny Elfman’s original score, and preserves the film’s pinnacle scene where Edward creates snow by scraping an ice sculpture for Kim. I especially love how Edward’s twitchy hand motions are carried over in the choreography.
December is typically a month that horror fans and Halloween enthusiasts bemoan as the glitter encrusted, eggnog soaked, saccharine month of Christmas. I don’t mind the holiday itself, but the commercials, crowds, parties, and overwrought feel goodness that lead up to it in a typical year wears me out. Which is the funny thing about 2020, because many of the things I dread during the holiday season, expensive travel home, office parties, and generally burning out on social obligations aren’t possible this year. I’m essentially off the hook. Unfortunately, that is leaving a whole other group of people who do look forward to those things disappointed. Regardless of what group you fall into, you still have things to look forward to this month. There’s Krampusnatch and the winter solstice to celebrate (more on the solstice later this month), the brightest meteor shower of the year, and dark entertainment to enjoy. I’ve even got a list of Christmas horror movies at the bottom of this post. So muster up some enthusiasm worthy of Gomez Addams, and …
Spotted during that strange time in August when Halloween and Christmas collide, and both holidays still seem out of place a few aisles down from patio furniture.