Well, there wasn’t a huge response to the request for Halloween worms, so this week is a mix of the spooky and the melancholy. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share with everyone, please send an .mp3 or a link to email@example.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors, and have a happy Halloween tomorrow.
Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard – Severin: Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists – Sev mentioned this a while ago but it wasn’t an official worm. It is now.
Jeff Buckley – Witches Rave – Ravi Raman: One that I discarded for Song Bar. Seems more like a song about a relationship than about witches. Neat drums and Mr Jeff unique as ever.
Donald Adams, The D’Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Isidor Godfrey – When the Night Wind Howls: From “Ruddigore” or “The Witch’s Curse”, a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. This reminds me of my dad, who used to enjoy it immensely.
CrabCorps – Monster Mash – Ravi Raman: came across this just after the Song Bar topic closed. Good for a Halloween play list though as is …
Fred Thomas – Mallwalkers – tincanman: A jarring melancholic song from earlier this year “about feeling too slow for this fast-paced world” while, literally, walking in a shopping mall. It ends deliberately unresolved, he says, because life is.
Jan Garbarak and The Hilliard Ensemble – Parce Mihi Domine – glassarfemptee: I heard this on classic FM the other day, and was bowled over. Ancient and modern. Sacred and profane. The exquisite interplay of Jan’s sax with a sixteenth century chant (‘Spare me, Lord’) from Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales.
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