Damned cafes and other tunes for Halloween

It was a tough gig.

There are the obvious song choices for this holiday, like “Monster Mash,” and while I always sing along to that one (I do a killer Boris Karloff impression), there are a few other songs that might rock your ghost boat.

You can’t go wrong with the Austin Lounge Lizards, especially their “Highway Café of the Damned”

“The radio was playing Barry Manilow incessantly.” Run!

Another one of theirs, “Hillbillies in a Haunted House”

And you knew I was going to get to one of my songs, right? I wrote “Ghost Song” after staying in a haunted apartment:

It’s a true story. Kinda. Read about my experience here.

Around the time I wrote the song I was listening to one of Si Kahn’s albums that had a great ghost song, “Dancing with the Johnson Boys.” It’s about hearing the spirits of a dead family dancing to a fiddle. Maybe that’s where I got the idea for the “wheeping fiddle” in my song. I wish I had a video of Si’s song to share.

I’ll end with a standard, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Great tune and awesome dancing:


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About jamiebobamie

Musician - teacher - writer - gets bored easily. I write an almost-weekly blog that includes true stories gathered from 20-plus years of touring, how-to articles for musicians and profiles of performers. Also, I love dark chocolate, I can play "Brown Eyed Girl" behind my head, and I twirl the baton badly.
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