Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t gotten my Halloween Soundscape album, it’s available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. Eerie ambient music inspired by classic stories. You can read the liner notes over on my Gymshoes Music site. Besides unsettling trick-or-treaters, it’s nice dark music to accompany your scary Halloween reading. Enjoy!
Moby has been making ambient music for sleeping, meditation, etc and he’s now put it out there as a playlist to stream, or to download free, or to buy. Your choice. Get the details here or listen or click through. It’s about 4 hours of music. Guess what I’ll be listening to as storms move in once again? 🙂 Have a great weekend!
There’s some nice free and wonderful goodies out there. I’ve already done a couple of posts, but the hits keep coming! Neil Gaiman reads A Christmas Carol from Dicken’s own performance copy and NPR has a First Listen for It’s a Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings if you want to try before you buy. The Gaiman reading is available for download via iTunes or your podcatcher app. Search for New York Public Library podcast. It was originally posted last December.
Merry, merry, happy, happy Everything to Everyone! Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All!
I did my holiday (fiction and music) post yesterday a bit too early…today’s song of the day from The Current is “8 Days of Hanukkah” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings from their album It’s a Holiday Soul Party. You can listen in the player below (most browsers) or click through and download from the link above. I’ll continue to post random holiday stuff as it comes to my attention.
Lots of things are popping up online either free or on sale cheap for the holidays. This isn’t a definitive list, but I just thought I’d share some fiction (ebooks, audio books, podcasts) and music. (All but one are holiday-themed.)
Podcasts: I like science fiction and fantasy. However, when one looks at a list of Christmas-themed stories or ebooks what one usually finds are romance and mystery. I like romance and mystery just fine, but if you want SF/fantasy here’s some to brighten (or maybe I should say “enliven”) your holidays. Podcastle, the excellent fantasy podcast, for the past few years has featured a holiday story by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw in December. (Note that the podcasts are rated; most are G or PG, but one is an R.)
- 2010: “The Christmas Mummy”
- 2011: “The Ghost of Christmas Possible”
- 2012: “Catching The Spirit”
- 2013: “Seasonal Disorder”
- 2014: “Elf Employment”
Keep an eye on Podcastle to see if there’s another story this year!
More Fiction: Also….not a podcast, but….“Overtime” by Charles Stross. Fantasy/horror/comedy which is part of his Laundry series, but can be read as a stand-alone story. Free to read on the Tor.com site. (Ebook short story 99 cents Nook and Kindle.)
Music: “Christmas Time Is Here” played by Michelle Shumann Trio live in studio 1A, from KUTX’s Song of the Day podcast. You can listen in the player below (for most browsers) or click through and download the song.
Ebooks: One of my favorite children’s book, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is on sale for Nook and Kindle, $1.99 right now. It’s a short illustrated poem. Charming.
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd is a collection of the essays that were the original basis for his screenplay A Christmas Story. A nice treat for fans of the movie. $1.99 for Nook and Kindle.
Audiobooks: This isn’t Christmas-y — unless you embrace the tradition of ghost stories at Christmas — but M. R. James’ classic story, “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, My Lad”, read by David Suchet, is free from Audible.com right now. (Not sure if you need an Audible account to get this. Some freebies are accessible to all and some are not.)
Joyous Everything to Everyone! 🙂
And here, for all you WriMos, is one last song to take you across the finish line: The Beatles performing Paperback Writer for the Ed Sullivan show. You can watch the embeded video below or click through here. Good luck to all the paperback writers (and ebook authors) out there!