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Music — and Video — for Halloween

Halloween Soundscape
Halloween Soundscape

Halloween is just around the corner and I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my Halloween Soundscape album, especially since this dark ambient album has a number of tracks inspired by fiction. It’s dark ambient music, suitable background for setting a spooky atmosphere for trick or treaters, a Halloween story reading, or a party (if you want something eerie). It’s a very soundtrack-y album: most of the tracks are inspired by a classic story (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, War of The Worlds etc). You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes music site which gives a bit of background on the project as well as individual tracks. You can “try before you buy” by streaming the album in the sidebar on my Gymshoes Music site. It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores.

At the risk of sounding immodest I have to say I really like this album. Every Halloween, I listen to it…and not just Halloween, but to some extent throughout fall as the the days grow shorter and shadows lengthen, as rain falls and wind howls…If you’re reading something scary, you can’t do better than Halloween Soundscape as background music.

I pump it outside on Halloween. I like the way the trick-or-treaters are all wide-eyed as they come up the walk. This is no cheesy sound-effect album, but an album of eerie ambient music. For best effect, listen with the lights out (or low) with headphones on. Want more light? Try it out while doing some Halloween reading this month. 🙂 You should see the way my dogs’ ears twitch as if something unseen and awful is creeping into the living room. 😉

A few year back I used “The Monster Lives”  for a video. I had Frankenstein in mind when I created the track, but after I shot some great octopus footage I thought the title (and music) would work just as well for a “sea monster”. 🙂

If you like Halloween Soundscape, I’d appreciate you passing a link to the album along to your friends and writing a review in your favorite online music store. The “season” for this album is short, so I really do need people who like the album to help me promote it. Thanks! 😀 It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores. You can click right through, straight to the album. Enjoy! 😀

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NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party in the Park

How could we not be inspired when the world is going golden around us?
How could we not be inspired when the world is going golden around us?

This was the first kick-off party I’ve been to (though I’ve done a number of write-ins). It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon at Hermann Park. I enjoyed meetings some of my fellow wrimos. (Seems like I meet a different bunch each year.) Parking was a problem, which was a real shame because Fannin Pavillion in Hermann Park was otherwise a great place for the party!

We played writing games, did a raffle for some writing books, talked about our NaNo novels past and present, and snacked from our goodie bags. A foretaste of what is to come. NaNoWriMo’s actual kick-off on November 1st is traditionally fueled by caffeine and leftover Halloween candy. 😉

And the tree is appropriate too, for we will walk away from our keyboards, thinking, and golden inspiration will drop like leaves or as Walt Whitman put it:

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
(I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees and always drop fruit as I pass;)  
—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”