Oct 27, 2012

An All-Treats Halloween (No Rocks!), Plus A Secret Song!

There are many horrifying creatures to dress up as this Halloween night, and a few that are downright ghastly, but if you're good, and by all means sincere, then you're in luck. The Good Pumpkin will reward you with delectable musical treats. In fact, since you're here right now, that's proof enough of your goodness and sincerity, right? Oh, hell no. So let's get on with the treats. 

I know quite a few of you have crumb catchers, and while anyone below the age of fifteen is surely too young to watch a Hitchcock movie like, oh, let's say "Psycho," for example...

...they'll probably love "Strangers On A Train." And they also might enjoy "Alfred Hitchcock Presents 'Ghost Stories For Young People,'" a 1960 LP which is full of spo-o-o-oky tales, like "Johnny Takes Vanishing Lessons" and "The Open Window."

And yet the scariest part for kids - though the most fun for you - will likely be Hitchcock himself given his mucus-clogged, sonorous voice as he introduces each tale. Better yet, you can take these free-standing intros and secretly drop them into your kids' playlists. That'll really scare the stuffing out of them. Just kidding, of course. Mwuahaha!

I don't think Halloween is complete without Vince Guaraldi, and on the 1968 LP "Oh Good Grief" even the melancholy "Great Pumpkin Waltz" is included, so how can you go wrong? Along with that Halloween theme, all of your favorite Guaraldi Peanuts jazz cuts are here - but with a bit of a twist. 

In this instance, Guaraldi re-orchestrated his themes with electric guitar, harpshicord and a lot of other atypical instruments, or at least atypical to these pieces. We've all heard "Lucy and Linus Theme" a billion times before, but now it sounds fresh (and just slightly hippie-chick) (this is a good thing) (and no, that ain't a cigarette in his mouth). 

More treats! Have you heard of "Lambert, Hendricks & Ross?" Lots of people haven't. I didn't know who they were till my Cuban Luvuh introduced me to them. 

I guess you could call them sort of a precursor to "Manhattan Transfer," but they're more hard-core jazz than that, though I love both groups. They collaborated with the Count Basie Orchestra, amongst other jazz greats, and "High Flying," in which they perform with The Ike Isaacs Trio, won them a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Group Performance in 1962. 

There's a lot to treasure here, like their take on "Cookin' At The Continental" and "A Night In Tunisia," to name just two standouts (the opening number, Blue," is gorgeous). Plus it's a super Cheerful Exclusive! too.

There's always a place for Herrmann on Halloween (try the "Shower" cue from "Psycho" when those li'l trick or treaters come knocking) (I did this once and my neighbor was appalled, I tell you, appalled) (the kids loved it). But then, really, Herrmann is for the ages. And in this age, specifically, there's a must-have, spanking new 14 CD overview of his work at Fox.

And, yes, it's a Cheerful Exclusive!, two CDs at a time. In the first two, there's the complete scores from "Jane Eyre" and "Anna And The King Of Siam," and they've both been restored to perfection from the original tracks (in "Jane Eyre's" case, for the first time). So take note, Herrmann-Heads, this collection is pour vous!

Please, my chickens, I beg of you. Be careful stepping into elevators this Halloween. Especially if there's a pre-op transexual in a bad wig wielding a razor. What? It could happen. Actually, the greatest horror you'll likely to face this Halloween is the morning after while your stomach struggles to recover from all that candy and cake and booze and whatever else you put in your mouth (and, no, I'm not going there) (that's just tacky).

If your tummy and soul are struggling, then the Secret Song File suggests a nice, breezy California jam (it's freshly hatched, or just dropped, or whatever the hell some marketing brain trust is saying these days). You might know who they are, but even if you don't, they're music is creamy-dreamy goodness, I promise. Does love return? It does here. Do frisky little wolves from the UK like to watch movies projected onto a screen? Sure. Oh, and remember, that candy corn crap you're eating? Sugared wax. Mmm-hmm. Just sayin'.

Me? I'd much rather have chocolate - but the good stuff. 

Toss around some treats in the comments, if you like!


Daddy Squeeze Me! said...




The Cheerful Earfull! said...

I didn't post "Mad Monster Party" because, you know, you can find that anywhere on the Internets! ;) As for contacting me, ask away here - anything you like.

Daddy Squeeze Me! said...




I THOUGHT ID SEE IF YOU HAD BOTH. IM MISSING THESE TWO FROM HER. WELL IM MISSING A FEW LIVE ONES TOO, BUT THATS ANOTHER STORY. LOL i have a lot from her, but it still seems like im missing a lot too ugh lol

thank u :)

Keir said...

Wow- that Hitchcock album really brings back memories; still remember the Sakie tale

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

Doesn't it? And it's spookier than I remember it, too.

Hitchcockian said...

What's the password for the Herrman files? :D

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

The PW for all Cheerful files is on the upper right-ish column of the blog: thecheerful.

Hitchcockian said...

I saw that just now. Sorry about that! Happy Halloween!

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

No prob. Happy Halloweenie to you, too!

KH said...

Excellent Herrmann resource- especially when one finally has electricity to download with! ;)

The Cheerful Earfull! said...

Glad to hear the lights are finally on for you, KH! :)