Music List #2

Music List #2

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Portishead

Edie Brickell- Shooting rubber bands at the sky

Jamiroquai

Queen- Rhapsody

ABBA

Massive Attack

Depeche Mode

David Bowie

Tricky

Primal Scream

Sinead O’Connor

Billy Idol

Yves Tumor (Igwagbd)

Broken Clouds –Gaussan Curve

Hammond Blue D.K/S.K

The Animal Geotic

Fade  D.K/S.K

Liquid Mind

The Ambient Light

Ambient Jazz Ensemble

Sand Timer

J Balvin

Brandenburg Concertos Bach-Berlin Chamber Orchestra

Harpsichord Concerto Johann Sebastian Bach

SEI Concerti Andreas Staier Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Corelli 12 Concerti Grossi  Concerto for Harpsichord  Arcangelo Corelli

Cassandra Wilson

Buika Mi Nina Lola

Tom Tom Club

Diana Ross

Dead Can Dance

Savoy Brown

King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators

Louisiana Red

Wayne Hancock

Paul Rodgers

Beau Weevils

Big George Brock

John Jackson

Clifton Chenier

Sweet Potato Mash

Bill Parkers Showboat Band

Mojo Bruno

Music List (Spring 2019) #1

Music List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Nina & the Pogo Sticks

Sweet Potato Pie

Freddie King  Blue Live

Hoodoo Kings

Jimmy King

Joni Mitchell

Cat Stevens

Miriam Makeba

School Teacher (reggae song)

Yoko Ono

Enya Matakone

Black Sabbath

Beatles

Parliament

Pixies

Primus

Fugazi

Smashing Pumpkins

Ambient

The Carpenters

Sirius XM

Custard

Fluster

Richard Hen house

Sweet Botnick

Grover Washington

Isaac Hayes

Al Green

Kate Bush

Patrice Rushen

Niecy

Prince

Doux Moments Pour Philou,  Stephen Moccio Hudson

Peace of heaven Solomon Keal

Enya

New Life, Paul Cardall

One in a Million, Ashford and Simpson

Sting

Annie Lennox

Terrence Trent D’arby

Minnie Ripperton

Roberta Flack

Sade

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

What Cleveland Press described as a “Punk Titan,” Cedric Bixler Zavala, lead to bands “At the Drive-In” and “Mars Volta” has endorsed former early 90’s bandmate Robert Francis O’Rourke aka “Beto” to run for U.S. President. An Irish American, near Kennedy look alike, associated to the early punk rock band “Foss,” upon further investigation, could actually be a good choice for Democratic nominee in the 2020 Presidential Elections.
Punk Rock may be the fire in young people for revolution, that could fuel campaigns and activism in later. According to Rolling Stone magazine, there are five other key persons, the Democrats are considering for a 2020 Democratic Nominee which are: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (consumer financial protections bureau, pursuing equity in hostile and predatory banking industry), Corey Booker (Former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, pursues affordable housing, nondiscrimination), New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Ladroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, Limit Financial Insider Trading, Sexual Assault Justice), Congressman Tim Ryan (Country’s deficit, appropriations and budget committees), Senator Kamala Harris of California (Served as Attorney General in California since 2011, sits on Senate Judiciary Committee, opposed to “Muslim ban,” and “healthcare civil rights”).
Musician, Cedric Bixler-Zavala consoled former bandmate O’Rourke and advised to run for president, after a narrow congressional defeat in Texas against Ted Cruz of only a 2.6 percent margin. What was suggested by the November 6, 2018 defeat for O’Rourke was overwhelming support in Texas for his many state wide and local achievements that could indicate or be the “building blocks” of a future larger national campaign. Sometimes it appears to be the build-up, not the win.
Bixler-Zavala appears to be drumming up support among music fans for his former bandmate with frequent twitter postings, “I don’t care if (you)lost,” Bixler-Zavala Wrote, “you made them tremble with the simple prospect of real change. You are one of us. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. I’m in tears. I can only hope you run for President.”
O’Rourke formerly played bass in the band “Foss” and briefly toured in North America before their break up in about 1995. Bixler-Zavala has been a supporter throughout O’Rourke’s campaign. O’Rourke appears to have donated $28,000 of his personal funds to a House of Representatives Democratic campaign-which appears to be the only way you can win, by supporting others, so they will in turn, support you too.
O’Rourke a Texas politician has surveyed local level Texan problems and invested in a technology company to create more opportunities for the region that was experiencing an “exodus of youth.” While O’Rourke served on El Paso City Council he worked on “prominent local issues” like: sexual and family violence, and urban planning. Some of O’Rourke’s most important achievements had to do with border issues, border deaths and unnecessary CBP force and drug trafficking concerns of which he preferred a liberal stance to Marijuana to avoid drug lord problems from the Ciudad de Juarez.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

https://tonedeaf.com.au/at-drive-in-frontman-bandmate-president/

At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala to Beto O’Rourke: ‘I Can Only Hope You Run for President’

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” releases “Aurora” a sensual song that reminds one of “depuis le tom” or of man’s solitude. Aurora is incredibly serene and mellow then bursting like “streamers or arches of light” or as if a guitar voice was given to nature. Pitchfork described Mineral as “downtempo.” Prior albums by Mineral include “The Power of Failing” and “End Serenading.” In “End Serenading,” heart throb singer Chris Simpson sings, “will you ever know how much I love you?” “Aurora” continues the bands hypnotic sound. In “Aurora,” Simpson is pensive, even philosophical asking, “There’s always a question.” Mineral gives you something like what you could of gotten in a prior year from a band like “The Cure,” -full mood immersion.
Mineral assembled around 1994 and toured in 1996 and 1997, then split up after 4 years together. Band members split into two bands, then alternative projects. Band reunited for a long 8 city tour in 2014 that lasted into 2015. Tour took them from places like: “El Corazon” in Seattle, Washington to “Oxford Art Factory” in Sydney Australia.
Mineral band members equal: Chris Simpson (guitar/vocals), Scott McCarver (guitar), Gabriel Wiley (drums), Jeremy Gomez (bass). Current release, Aurora,” is due out January 4th 2019 in conjunction with a limited edition commemorative book-only 2000 copies will be sold-titled “One Day When We Are Young.” Book comes out in hardcover and will feature articles from music journalist Mischa Pearlman, as well as rare never before seen photos. Mineral has even asked fans to send in their vintage photos of the band with files or links to 25@officialmineral.com. Book also includes handwritten lyrics, memorabilia and 10 inch album with two songs: “Aurora” and “Your Body is the World.” Book totals about 56 pages and is priced at $25. Mineral tends to play sold out shows. Reserve your advance tickets and books now.
Mineral tour dates are listed below:
01-09 Miami, FL – The Ground At Space
01-10 Orlando, FL – The Social
01-11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01-12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01-16 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living
01-17 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
01-19 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
01-20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01-23 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
01-24 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
01-26 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
01-30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
01-31 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room
02-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02-03 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02-14 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
03-17 Tokyo, Japan – Hachioji Rips
03-18 Tokyo, Japan – Fever
03-19 Iwata, Japan – FM Stage
03-20 Nagoya, Japan – Huck Finn
03-21 Kanazawa, Japan – Puddle/Social
03-22 Kyoto, Japan – Growly
03-23 Osaka, Japan – Conpass
05-23 London, England – The Dome
05-24 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Artheater
05-27 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
05-28 Berlin, Germany – Lido
05-29 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
05-30 Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia

@officialmineral
Thanks for a great night LA. See you tonight SF. #mineral2015

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Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips

Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Pop Icon, “Prince,” A.K.A Prince Rogers Nelson, was reported dead on April 21, 2016, following a tragic accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl, a generic Vicodin, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans around the world were left in shock as some reportage has claimed Prince was “in pain.”
Many remember a wild flamboyant, often androgynous, in full make up and high heeled boots man, who danced much like James Brown and sang in falsetto and baritone with great showmanship. Prince often dressed in regal Edwardian styles, wore high collars and ruffles and carried a rose or flower like a young “Romeo.”
Songs were sexually charged and sometimes reminiscent of the black church pulpit. Prince songs such as “Do Me Baby,” began as if beginning an erotic church sermon. Most likely 99% of Prince songs were erotic or having sexual innuendo or strong sexual liberation coming out of the 70’s into early 80’s. Many parents ripped down Dirty Mind posters in the late 70’s, when young children became fanatic for the star, who was featured on a poster naked in the shower. It was rumored that “over- sexed” Prince had or needed hip surgery.
Prince was known for having a strong female presence in his bands and launching careers of several connected bands. Many details about Prince and Former band members are on his official webpage: officialprincemusic.com.
The Prince Estate is now combing through decades of Prince hit’s and going through the famed Prince “vault” where said songs were stored and releasing special footage including the recent three video clips for, “Endorphinmachine,” “Dolphin” and “Rock and Roll is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis).”
Immediately following Prince’s death, The Prince Estate released a “Greatest Hits,” on November 22, 2016 featuring one unreleased song, “Moonbeam,” recorded during a 1999 session. On June 23, 2017 Purple Rain was rereleased as a deluxe and expanded version called “From the Vault and Previously Unreleased.” Deluxe CD was accompanied by a DVD that featured a concert from the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985.
The Prince Estate has dealt with alot of legal disputes over who held master tapes due to co-production and issued restraining orders. In February of 2017, there was also a dispute between Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. over who may release which albums following Prince’s death. Some of Prince’s personal belongings such as Prince’s Bible, stage worn clothes and some personal documents were auctioned in Dallas, Texas on July 21, 2018.
Prince fans know him for the color “purple” which was honored in the uniforms of “Minnesota Timberwolves” basketball team and in a Pantone Color called “Love Symbol” #19-3528.
Some of Prince’s 39 studio produced albums are listed here for collectors (a complete list can be found on Wikipedia):
“For You” (1978), “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind”(1980), “Controversy”(1981), “1999”(1982), “Purple Rain” (1984), “Around the World in a Day”(1985).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)

Song: The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering

The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering
Song by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The loveless are hosting a gathering
All the food is spoiled
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

Lackluster is on the menu
Airpudding for dessert
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

The downtrodden attended the gathering
Now low is now lower than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Nkotombmre, A Basic “Wield” of Ghanaian and West African Culinary- Greens, Fish and Tomato

 

Nkotombmre
A Basic Wield of Ghanaian and West African Culinary: Greens, Fish and Tomato
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A basic “wield” of West African cooking may have the same simple ingredients in many different combinations: it may include greens, peanut sauce, tomato and chicken, or greens, fish and tomato, or peanut stew with mushroom and chicken, or black eyed peas, fish, and tomato.

Most are stewed with and cooked in palm oil or coconut oil or vegetable oil with African Red Pepper Chili (Nina International Brand) and include garlic and ginger, onion and green pepper and sometimes magi cubes or blended up and liquefied onions, or blended up garlic, ginger and tomato with plantain dipped inside to make “Kelewele” or sometimes coconut milk, broth, or okra, or fried okra, or add spoonful’s of peanut butter or as a side blended up eggplant or hummus-these are some basic West African (and around) or Ghanaian cooking.  You can get experimental with interesting chili peppers or a variety of mushrooms in stews or add plantains to stew to make it a little fancier or haughty.  Some cooks will thicken a stew with Tahina or coconut milk or the liquefied onions or broths.

A basic idea is to blend and liquefy vegetables etc., succulence, and dipping.  Also it’s flavored oils, tender meats and a little heat. Other common things are fresh fruit, fruit salads, fresh bread, kebabs and satays.  Also common are rice dishes or rice and vegetables like “Joloff Rice” that includes mixed vegetables or dill rice or little savory dishes or cabbage dishes.

Alot of Africans like tender and spicy jerk chicken or coconut shrimp or meat pies or fried chicken or chicken wings (even marmalade wings or teriyaki wings)or  curries or Ethiopian Berbere Stews or even Chinese Stir Fry’s or Spaghetti Bakes. Some African’s will go to a fish market or meat market and just want “a nice piece of meat” and some rice, plantain and salad etc.  Some even like gravy’s and sauces.  One African may like salads with boiled egg, sausage, tomato topped with Thousand Island Dressing.  Some Africans like other cultural dishes that include a peanut taste like Vietnamese dishes with crushed peanuts or Thai, Pad Thai noodles in peanut sauce.  Africans may also like “Bright Chicken,” which is a lemon based pan fried chicken and has marvelous flavor.  Some may also like grilling or popping a piece of fish into foils with herbs and lemon into the oven wrapped up in a packet. Some African cooking has alot of French or Francophone influences from common shared languages and cultural taste buds.  Dishes like Coq au vin or an aperitif or a cheese and fruit platter dessert may be popular.

Many meats can be tenderized and sautéed in coconut oil and eaten with rice and a salad or a vegetable or a pot of pickled greens. Many dishes can be topped with fried plantain and or a boiled egg on top or a boiled egg in bowls of stew to be sexy or macho. Most also include plantain fried, baked or boiled, yellow or green (green and unripe is often boiled) or cocoyam boiled, or yam tubers skinned and boiled.

Most also include some kind of doughy manioc like Fu Fu (pounded yam, often sold in flours), Gari (sometimes a Cream of Wheat or Farina stiffened with more of itself and less water), Kenkey or corn meal “Husky” (like Mexican masa cooked)(Kenkey without the Kenk or fermentation), rice or rice balls, or yam or plantain-as the starch accompaniment.

The other staple are stews or soups that go with starches. Stews are “cut meat” stews where large chunks or cubes are cut by a butcher on a band saw of either fish, chicken, goat or beef or lamb. There is an art to the cutting of the meat and the succulence of the stew later. Sometimes you can cut chicken with a cleaver. Try Kasoa Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan for good “cut meats,” for stews.

Kasoa Market also carries the staples of Titus Sardines which are good with a stiffened Cream of Wheat, Sriracha Sauce, chopped onions and diced tomatoes and sometimes also cooked corned beef-this is simply called “Gari.” Gari is served on a plate or platter all together in order of eating operations. Most dishes are eaten with the right hand, sometimes dipping into each item.  Ghanaian’s have that dipping quality je ne sais quoi, like in the game with seeds and bowls “Oware,” almost like the letter “U.” Husky can be eaten the same way as Gari.  The leftover corned beef can be mixed with cooked rice, onions and green pepper for another delicious dish.

Nkotombmre-is cooked down and blended chopped spinach or another green, broken up pieces of fish (mostly canned, marinated or pickled fish) Geisha Brand Mackerel in Chili Sauce or Titus Sardines and fresh or stewed tomatoes with African chili pepper and salt, cooked in palm oil. Let it all break down until it is one interesting blended green sauce that you eat over something or dip into with an accompaniment, even crackers or warmed or toasted bread.  Nkotombmre is really tasty with fried plantain logs or boiled green plantains for example.   It looks almost like Chimichurri which may have originated in Ethiopia and is around the world? It can be found in Mexico and Argentina via the Italians in Ethiopia that later immigrated to Argentina and it became their food, then from the Argentine’s presumably to Mexico etc. Chimichurri is ladled over meats, mostly beef, and is parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cilantro, garlic, red pepper, cumin and salt all blended into a green sauce.

Many dishes could just be eaten with crackers like the Mackerel in Chili Sauce or the Nkotombmre, or Chimichurri can be ladled over meats and things.  Some dishes you can take a bowl of rice turn it upside down in another larger bowl and pour soup over then lift off bowl to leave a round mound or an island with stew around or have a Fu Fu island in stew bowl or just a boiled egg and meats in stew.  You can dress a stew in many ways.

Good drinks to have are ones like: Fanta, Bitter Lemon, Pampelmousse Grapefruit Drink, Palm Wine, Ting, Star Beer or African Guinness. With all the chili you may just want water!!! Fire! Fire! Fire!  West African’s also typically drink lemon grass tea.  They use fresh stalks of lemon grass and cut off pieces and steep them in hot water for a delicious and memorable tea.  Some Africans really enjoy mulled herb teas or Black tea’s or Gunpowder Green Tea. There are also excellent South African wines like Chamonix or Simeon and many others.  African’s also enjoy Peak Milk with Nescafe Coffee and even cakes iced with Nescafe icing.  You can also just mix condensed milks as often do the Thai with coffee, a few tablespoons, for a delicious hot drink.

Ghanaian’s love “tea and biscuits” and are somewhat influenced heavily by the English. Other dishes common in England like baked beans on toast one may find also in Ghana. A Ghanaian father in America may feed to his young children, baked beans with hotdogs cut up in them-“beans and franks.”  A plate of Gari may be shared by a father and his children as one plate.  A dessert for a child may be simply baked plantains with peanut butter.

Africa was designated a more rural locale due to the presence of large game animals and game reserves. Perhaps it was more savior faire that desired land and rural, mixed with animals and cities. This represents a more simple “rural African diet.”  As Africa advances and becomes more cosmopolitan, so will Africa’s culinary augment and grow with all the old favorites.

Then pop in some music like: Franco, or Thomas Mapfumo, or Ali Farka Toure or Amadou and Mariam, Orchestra Baobab, Miriam Makeba (Love Tastes Like Strawberries), Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Babatunde, Fela Kuti, Buika, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Dar es Salaam Jazz Band, Femi Kuti, Ibrahim Ferrer, Peru Negro, Sam Mangwana, Youssou N’Dour, Angleique Kidjo, Zap Mama, Soukous.

 

 

A French African Game “Changez Vous”

A French African Game “Changez Vous”
The rules:
Sing in French passionately, guttural, gritty or drunken and dramatic, preferably a lamentation:

Changez
Changez
Changez vous

Sing first the chorus or beginning and “ad lib” the rest of the song spontaneously in French. You may write or practice ahead of time with dictionaries or translations etc. You may hold a paper to read from as you sing in French.

Best done on holidays or gatherings or in French classes or by fireside or when drinking wine or when channeling the French or feeling like a little parlez vous Francais or if you are Francophone a passionate lamentation about your love, or past loves or life.

Good examples are topics like from the monster of last year or change into her mother and my lover, or yesterday Serwah today Pomme Frites or the winter for the spring etc.

Make it a love song, make it the next Jacques Brel, become a French Torch or night club singer. You can be tragic or melancholy or forlorn or in love or write wedding vows.

It’s a nice “pocket game” that is fun for all occasions, ages and just in time for the holidays. A good excuse to buy a bottle of French wine or any good drink will do it! If you’re a child, try grape juice to simulate a drunken French disgruntled lover-and don’t get any grape juice on the carpet!

Enjoy!

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Stay tuned for forthcoming book “Pocket Games” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Happy Halloween 2018!!

Happy Halloween 2018!!
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
It’s a time to get zombie and put on your black eyeliner. Form a subculture and write zombie thrillers, spectre, or ghouls and goblin style fiction. You can visit a dead relative in the cemetery. Go for a walk in the cemetery. In some cities old punkies would try to make love in the cemetery until a ghoul grabs their legs!
There is a lot of good fall culinary to try out like Halloween Peanut Butter Spider cookies where you make a peanut butter cookie and stick a peanut butter cup on top upside down and paint chocolate legs and put eyes on the peanut butter cup, also good are Caramel Apple Clafoutis and there is a good recipe on Bon Appetit.com-do a search, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apples, peanut brittle, pumpkin and applesauce quick bread, apple pies and vanilla ice cream, sweet potato pies, lots of squash or sweet potatoes in general-orange-research fall desserts online. Grains and corn dishes like “Homalito” or “Tamales” are also nice. Another culinary delight that strangely really fits is a touch of Tex-Mex or Mexican dishes or a Mexican Fiesta for “Day of the Dead” celebrations or African foods if you’re going the way of Black Magic. Some great recipes for fall were found on “Food Networks 50 Best Halloween Recipes” and “Food Networks 50 Top Tailgating Recipes” ( has good chili recipes), Food and Wine.com also has nice gratins, baked stuffed acorn squash, casseroles, apple cider cakes and candies. Halloween with all homemade candies? You can do spooky snacks, Halloween cookies that are animated, cover a cake with candy, Jalapeno Poppers with smoked pepper cheese, feta and cream cheese inside, black salt rimmed glasses, or “Bite Night” a Vampire themed party with snacks or tapas.

It’s also a good time for women to gather and form witch covens or practice paganism or make a fire in or out or attend a bonfire outside and sing and tell stories or read from books with a flashlight. You can buy an outdoor fireplace if you are in a residential area. You can also go to a farm and go on a hay ride. Fall drives in the country or to the Cider Mill if you are in Michigan are also great fun. Pick up a gallon of apple cider (it’s a stool softener). Peanuty things are nice like Pad Thai. It’s also Oktoberfest and beers and brats fit in and so does tailgating and games. Chili’s for the first “chills” are also nice.
Make a Halloween video-lay dead on the steps with punk hair or a wig and a 40’s dress. Try writing a script and make a video, performance art piece, prosperous zero or write a play or story. Search online for Halloween Video Editing Tips. Perhaps you can have a screening party or maybe a piano recital or zombie violin recital.
Put a candy bowl in your home or business. Don’t forget to make your dentist appointment so he/she can break the bad news to you right after Halloween that you have all those cavities.
Maybe a bloody mary! Search high and low for Halloween cocktails. Beer is traditional for October, a classic beer month. Cheap drafts, anything ghouly or glowing, Mexican beers and liquors for Day of the Dead, Tequila shots, Guinness, hot toddy’s and warming drinks and whatever matches your costume.
Nice pumpkins, hay and outdoor decorations, wreaths on the door, corn cobs, altars, sugar cane, skeletons, calaberas, parties, candy parties for kids, costumes, sewing and patterns at Joann Fabrics features alot of interesting costumes to sew if you are searching for an idea or you want to dress up your insanely loved child.
Music can be moody classical, baroque, call your ancestors, soundtracks to thrillers, Michael Jackson, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, Smiths, Pixies, Santana, and whatever you’re channeling with your costume and spooky stuff. Also spiritual African music like Ali Farka Toure “In the Heart of the Moon,” Fatou, Ry Cooder “A Meeting by the River,” Ry Cooder “Bop till you Drop,” Ry Cooder “Mambo Sinuendo,” Kate Bush, Grateful Dead “American Beauty,” Jan A.P. Kaczmarek “Unfaithful,” old Sinead O’Connor, 10,000 Maniacs, Annie Lennox, Babatunde, Queen “Rhapsody” or ABBA, Starwars Sound Track, Grover Washington, Herbie Hancock and Cassandra Wilson.
Don’t forget about the dead, set a place for them at the table. Decorate! Put a sign on the door if you are accepting Trick or Treater’s and organize it in your neighborhood. Make-up, costume, zombie styles, culinary, good Music, films and making films, photos or portraits in costume, parties, spiders, spirituality, children, women, writing, farms, countryside, fall, Oktoberfest, sports, games, college games.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR FUCK BOOTS for the adults. What is also nice is to make holiday libraries, see book list below and check goodreads.com for Best Halloween Books. Black cats, costumed dogs, black and orange, masks and papier mache!!! You can make very original costumes and designs with Papier mache. Parades. Candy, occult, metaphysical, herbs, even getting a cold, death, write your will or estate planning, Halloween graphics and good spooky graphic designs, song books and collect or write music see below suggestions for basic fireside songs. Drawing from a live model with charcoals and drawing pencils or painting is also nice or formal illustration by computer could also be exciting. What could be really fantastic is feeding off old folklore, legend, or magic to create dynamic paintings and use your holiday to paint. Make a Zine or a Zombie Zine. Anything metaphysical or voodoo or ju ju or Black Magic. Irish music and folklore. Tarot. Legends, myths, fables.
Halloween can drag out all your characterization fantasies. You can have a hand puppet recite poetry or wear a white owl papier mache mask or some kind of scary animal with little weird teeth out of papier mache. There are sometimes groups that form that make papier mache masks then host events, do plays or make parades.
It may be nice to play dress up and take photos. It may be nice to make herbal concoctions. What is really nice is to pay homage to the full moon. There used to be Full Moon Bazaar parties every full moon. A drumming circle may be nice. It may be nice to really just get into Halloween or fall culinary. You can always pop on a game on TV for an instant tailgating party. Maybe try a Zombie Dance Party or Gothic or Halloween Film Night or just curl up and read all month.
Happy Halloween from Revolving Stream!
Movie List
Alfred Hitchcock
Dumaurier Films (classics): “Jamaica Inn,” “Rebecca,” “Frenchman’s Creek,” “The Years Between,” “Hungry Hill,” “My Cousin Rachel,” “Kiss Me Again Stranger,” “Fraction of a Second,” “The Scapegoat,” “The Birds,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Break Through,” “The Life Force Experiment,” “The Birds II, Lands End”
Michael Jackson Thriller Video and Album
The Exorcist
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Arachnophobia
Hocus Pocus
Tess
The Picture of Dorian Gray By, Oscar Wilde
Rosemary’s Baby
Carrie
Beetlejuice
Ghostbuster’s
The Adam’s Family
Patrick
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Psycho
Bird’s
Bee’s
Circus Video’s
American Werewolf in London
Frankenstein
Sweetie
Blue Velvet
Performance Art (Goat Island Video’s)
Phantom of the Opera
Wizard of Oz
Barnum and Baily
Bob Flanagan
Snow White
Fritz the Cat
Naked Lunch
The Hobbit
Free to be You and Me
Freaks By Tod Browning 1932
American Carny: True Tales for the Circus Sideshow
Sideshow Alive in the Mind
RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Black Orpheus
Lacto Drom
Want you to be my neighbor Morgan Neville (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood)
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Akira Kurosawa
Film Noir
Ginger Rogers
Hedy Lamarr

Book List
Daphne Dumaurier (see Wikipedia Book list, also search for “Classics of the Macabre”)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime & Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamozov)
Nikolai Gogol (Diary of a Madman)
Anton Chekov
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Egon Schiller
Louise Bourgeois, An Unfolding Portrait
Friedrich Nietsche
Belinksy
Kant
Cervantes
Herzen
Plato
Victor Hugo
Bakunin
Pushkin
Augustine
Balzac
Dickens
Walter Scott
Homer Epics
Jean-Paul Satre
Hoffman
Sand
Hegel
Solovyov
Ann Radcliffe
Diane Arbus
The Scarlet Letter
Edgar Allan Poe “Murder in the Rue Morgue”
Crime Fiction
Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction
L.T. Meade’s “Stories from the Diary of a Doctor”
Naturalist works: Arnold Bennet, HG Wells, Arthur Morrison “Child of Jago”
American Gothic Tales By Joyce Carol Oates
The Pagan Book of Halloween: A Complete Guide to The Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells and Love By Gerina Dunwich
Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Trick or Treats: The Ultimate Halloween Book By Deborah Harding
The Book of The Occult By, Simon W. Clark
Aleister Crowley , The Book of Thoth (Tarot), Qabalistic Writings
Carlos Casteneda
Jude’s Home Herbal
I Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, By, Maryse Conde
Olludumare
Legends of Santeria, World Religion & Magic By, Gonzalez-Wippler
Magic From Brazil, Recipes, Spells & Rituals By, Caroline Dow
VOODOO Curses, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even, The Dark Art of Curses Vol . 1 By Prince Abdul-Hawl and A.B. Aames
Enchantments a Modern Witches Guide to Self Possession By, Mya Spalter
Fast Orisha Power: A Quick Tutorial to Urban Santeria by, Frater Azrael
Santeria: A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic By, Luis Manuel Nunez
Santeria: African magic in Latin America By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Urban Santeria: New World Magic for Urban & Suburban Populations by, Medicine Hawk Wilburn
The Magical Power of The Saints, Evocation & Candle Rituals By, Rev. Ray T. Malborough
Santeria: African Spirits in America by, Joseph M. Murphy
Santeria: African Magic in Latin America By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Creative Ritual, El Obatala
Continuing Yoruba, Santeria & Western Magic Traditions By El Obatala
Santeria The Religion, The Religion: Faith, Rites, Magic, World Religion & Magic By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Kali Mantra Magick, Summoning the Dark Powers of Kali Ma, Mantra Magick Series Book 2, By Baal Kadman
Robert B. Parkers Old Black Magic, (Spenser Book Art) By Ace Atkins
The Book of Black Magic by Arthur Edward Waite
Black Magic: Religion and the African Conjuring Tradition By, Yvonne P. Chireau
The Veritable magic Noire, True Black Magic By, Iroe Grego
Black Magic: Spells of Destruction By, Ashtara Mikovich
The book of the Forbidden Knowledge Black Magic, Superstition, Charms & Divination By, Johnson Smith and co Tarl Warwick
Magical Healing a Health Survival Gudie for Magicians & Healers by Josephine McCarty
The Unofficial harry Potter Spell Book Wizard Training By, Michael Gonzalez
Simple Self Healing=The Magic of Auto Suggestion By, Emile Coue
Creative Visualization By, Shakti Gowain
Tales From Dark Places the Halloween Collection By, D.C. Rogers
Zombie Apocalypse Trilogy book 1-3 By Chelsea Luna
Death Makes a Holiday a Cultural History of Halloween
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane By Katherine Howe
The Phantom of the Opera, By, Gaston Leroux
H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of The Macabre By Stephen Jones
World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War By, Max Brooks
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By, Washington Irving
The Shining By, Stephen King
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By, Robert Louis Stevenson
Alice in Wonderland
Greek Mythology (eg. Medusa)
Charlotte’s Web
The Witches By, Roald Dahl
Macbeth, By Shakespeare
The Halloween Tree, By Ray Bradbury
Dracula By, Bram Stoker
Frankenstein, By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark By, Alvin Schwartz
The Complete Tales and Poems By, Edgar Allan Poe
The Graveyard Book By, Neil Gaiman
Anan Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, By, John O’Donohue
Pagan Portals-Irish Paganism, reconstructing Irish Polytheism By Morgan Daimler
Gods & Goddesses of Ireland, A guide to Irish Deities, by Morgan Daimler
Celtic Flame: An Insider’s Guide to Irish Pagan Tradition By, Aedh Rua
Pagan Ireland (Epochs of Irish History Books) By, Eleanor Hull
Wild Irish Heart, The Mystic Cove Series Book 1, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Witch, Mystic Cove Series Book 6, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Roots, Margaret and Sean, The Mystic Cove Series Book 5, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Rebel, A Mystic Cove Novel Book 4, By, Tricia O’Malley
Thicker Than Water, A Dermot O’hara Mystery Book 1, Michael McDonnell & Mial Pagan
Wild Irish Eyes, A Mystic Cove Novel Book 2, By Tricia O’Malley
Camera Obscura
How to Make Masks! Easy How to Make Masks, Masquerade, Halloween and Dress Up Fun By Jonni Good
Papier Mache Masks by Jane Yates
Great Paper Mache By, Gerry Copp
Paper Fantastic 50 Creative Projects to Fold and Weave
Hand Puppets How to Make and Use Them
Step Right UP! Memoirs of a Sword Swallower By, Daniel P Mannix
The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton A True Story of Conjoined Twins By Dean Jenson
Inside Peewee’s Playhouse the Unfolding Unauthorized Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
Big top Pee Wee & Friends A color & Fun Book
Big Top Pee Wee and The Circus
Focus on: 100 Most Popular Comedy Film Characters: Lemony Snicket, Howard the Duck, Pee Herman, Goofy, Homer Wikipedia
Freaks of Side show and Film By Mary Brett & Steven Gould
Peter Hennen Hell’s Belles From Gorilla Girls to Freak Babies By, Kevin T. Gerone
My Life with Geeks, Freaks and Vagabonds in the Carny Trade By Howard Bone and Daniel Waldron
Electric Woman, A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts By, Tessa Fontaine
Carnival Freak, By Billie Sue Mosiman
The Giants of Seville By, Byron Scarbrough

Some Classic Fireside Fall Songs:
Weeping Willow
Sleepy Hollow
Weeping Willow
The valley goes on and on
The valley goes on and on

Sleepy Hollow
Weeping Willow
Sleepy Hollow
Love will follow

I walk the leaves so pale
I walk the leaves so pale
(a wail shriek thrill like an animal at night)
The sun has gone to bed
The sky is so dark
The stars are so bright
The animals start to sing
And I am falling in love

I toss my photo into the fire
I toss my photo into the fire
And go to God
I send this letter to the angels
To ask their plea
I send all my dark energy
to the fire
And out of me
I toss my photo into the fire
And go to God

Come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Someone needs you lord, come by here
Someone needs you lord, come by here
Someone needs you lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Show me kindness
Show me kindness
Show me love
Improve my life
I’ll improve yours

Devastation
Where is devasta-tion?
Where is deva-sta-tion?
Where is devasta-tion?
Where is deva-st-a-tion?

When you fall-out- of- love
With deva-staaaaaa-tion
Then I’ll be saved.

All songs were written by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu with the exception of “Come by Here” copied from Hymnary.org