Like most families, Halloween and Christmas are big at our house. Lisa and the kids are on the Halloween side, while I'm with Santa.
I learned long ago not to try and convert any of them. I think what happened at Disneyland once illustrates it best. In one of the studios at California Adventure, you can use this machine to determine which hero or villain you are.
I was Tarzan. All three of them were villains.
So as we move into October, I'm in a mad rush to get the new season of the Sounds of Christmas ready to go. While I've kept the station on year-round, I'm featuring Halloween songs up until November 1.
I admit, mostly, it's just for my family, while I kick the tires and otherwise make sure everything is set to go for the coming season. But I've found there are a lot of people that love Halloween, too, so I've expanded the playlist and hope you have a good time with the Sounds of Halloween.
This year, I'm planning to continue something else that's becoming a tradition. It's a little something extra for Halloween fans - War Of The Worlds!
On October 30th, at approximately 7:00pm (Eastern), I'll be playing the original broadcast from 1938 of "War Of The Worlds" as performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre On The Air.
That will be followed by Jeff Wayne's updated version of his musical adaptation of "War Of The Worlds" (which features Gary Barlow from Take That, Joss Stone and Liam Neeson).
And on Halloween night at approximately 7:00pm (Eastern), I'll be playing Jeff Wayne's original musical adaptation of "War Of The Worlds" from 1978, which featured Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, David Essex and Richard Burton.
Here's an example, the last dozen songs that played while I wrote this...
John Fogerty "Haunted House"
Lou Rawls "Season Of The Witch"
Nina Simone "I Put A Spell On You"
Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Mitchell Hope "Chillin' Like A Villain"
VoicePlay "This Is Halloween"
Mannheim Steamroller "Dark Shadows"
Margaret Whiting "That Old Black Magic"
Eartha Kitt "I Want To Be Evil"
David Bowie "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"
Stevie Nicks "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)"
Los Lobos "Grim Grinning Ghosts"
Are you getting in the spirit? For either of these holidays? I'm going to continue to try and prepare for both, as I munch on this candy cane while trying to figure out where Lisa hid the Halloween candy...
May you always believe in Santa Claus (and also the Great Pumpkin)!
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