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Dr. von Lyric: Pumpkins and Halloween

Oct 30, 2013 2:00:00 PM
By julia

The bell rings insistently...I open the door. Outside in the dark only illuminated by the porch light stands a sinister group. Oh, brother...I forgot it was Halloween. A  tall girl  in a torn white garment  ,her hair disheveled....she looks mad as a hatter. A bend over youth with a malevolent grin  obviously dressed as some kind of jester. A  figure  all in black with a dress  covered with stars and a gimlet stare . And who is that child covered with blood? ....Carrie?  No....now I get it...hey kid put down that axe.  Please...no tricks from this dangerous group ...and  I haven't prepared any of the usual  treats .   So for them (and you) instead of candy corn, Hershey kisses and some home baked chocolate chip cookies here is a tray full of Youtube  Halloween goodies . Enjoy....and watch out for razor blades in the apples....remember Lizzie got off and is still out there somewhere
Walt Disney LA DANZA MACABRE

   One of the first Disney cartoons (and still pretty extraordinary)
  WALT DISNEY LA DANZA MACABRE THE SKELETON DANCE 1929]



    Another Disney classic evocation of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go creep (or rather bang)  in the night
FANTASIA - NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN


    Another performance of the Saint-Saens  Danse Macabre diabolically arranged by  Vladamir Horowitz played by an (unnamed ) pianist  with almost inhuman fingers of steel
 VLADIMIR HOROWITZ  - DANSE MACABRE



Pianos, a deserted factory, terror, blood and a creepy ballad by Schubert
ANDERSON  & ROE / DER ERLKONIG/STEINWAY PIANO FACTORY)


 What's Halloween without   a Witch? (It's the great Philip Langridge)
MET OPERA ON DVD  - HANSEL and GRETEL - CHRISTINE SCHAFFER


 Or a few singing pumpkins (why not?)  And it's always great to hear the  elegant and witty King's Singers 
THE HALLOWEEN SINGING PUMPKINS 2009]

Topics: Dr. Von Lyric, halloween, pumpkin

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