Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bones, Creepiness, and a Cup of Chili

This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween.

I can’t help singing, it’s a little creepy - my singing, not the song.

Happy Halloween everybody! ‘Tis the time for spooks and chills, skeletons and thrills…and chili (so good on a Halloween night – gotta have that chili).

Speaking about songs. I’m sure you have heard a creative piece by Camille Saint-Saens (1872), the Danse Macabre, or the Dance of the Dead. Spooooky!

But even more cool, is the story to this song (see, us writers love stories!). (BTW, I found this info on Wiki. Love wiki).

It opens up in a graveyard, at the stroke of midnight. From out of the darkness, chimes can be heard, echoing the tolls of the witching hour (I’m a little scared now).

Throughout the abandoned cemetery a new sound is hear, the Devil’s Cord (E-flat and A, for those of you musicians out there – my favorite part of the song). Death is calling the dead to arise and walk among the living for the one night allowed to them.

Eerie skeletons arise and begin their dance, if you listen close enough, you can hear their bones rattling (the xylophones). YIKES - hee hee hee hee. Sorry -nervous laughter.

They dance until the sun rises; warning the dead their time has passed. Little by little, each skeleton returns to their place of rest, until next year, when Death will call them to arise again.

An awesome story, to an awesome song. Are you as freaked out as I am?

Happy Halloween everybody! Don’t eat too much candy, unless it’s delicious chocolate. That’s the best part of Halloween! And the apple cider, and donuts, and hot chocolate, and the chili. Did I mention the chili? Mwa ha ha ha

Here is a great interpretation of the song (HERE) , if you want to go check it out.


ali said...

LOVE that song AND the story! Thanks Carolyn!

L.T. Elliot said...

Great mood setting for the season. And you're right, we all love a good story.

Carolyn V. said...

Thanks Ali and L.T. Halloween is so spooky! =)

ElanaJ said...

Wow, I feel like I need to go dig out those Halloween songs and make my son play them for me.

Thanks! :)

Nichole Giles said...

So fun. I should have my kids listen to that song. They'd like it. Cute story, too.

Happy Halloween.


Terresa said...

The fall and Halloween make for the perfect time of year. Feeling spooky is fun! Thanks for sharing the spookiness!

Carolyn V. said...

Elana, what does your son play?

Hey Nichole! I know, I love it.

Terresa, you're welcome and thanks for the comment. =)It is a spooky time of year (I love fall).

Ooooooo (Ghost sounds not near as scary as I hoped).
Thanks guys. =)

warmchocmilk said...

I think your group of writers should form a blog that crtiques other blogs. People could submit their blog if they want it reviewed and you coul give constuctive criticism. I would LOVE that! Have you ever read the blog Ask and you shall recieve??. They do this, but they are VERY hard on people and sometimes out right cruel. If you do it.. will you review mine?? :) I'm looking for some feedback and some helpful ideas on how to improve my writing.

Carolyn V. said...

Well, Warmchocmilk (p.s. love the name, I'm craving hot chocolate already!)

I'm in two critique groups, writing a book (41,000 words so far! Yay!), and finishing up my degree. I (sadly) have very little time to do an online critique group (that's why I only read my friends blog sites one day out of the week - because I have no time...argh!).

Are you in a critique group? I love my critique groups, they have helped me a ton. Here are my thoughts about critique groups:

I highly suggest (to anyone writing) to get involved in one.