Monday, October 24, 2016

Muppet Monday

When I was a kid, Muppet Magazine was one of my three favorite magazines to beg my Mom to buy when we went to the grocery store. (The other two were Starlog and MAD.) This story, "Little Swamp of Horrors," comes to us from the Fall 1986 issue. Written by Jay Itzkowitz and drawn by Jon McIntosh, it's a fun little Halloween tale, even if the end is basically stolen from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Song of the Week: "Tribute"

This is not the greatest blog post in the world. This is just a tribute.

HALLOWEEN: Tumblr Finds IV

Friday, October 21, 2016

HALLOWEEN: Peanuts, 1992

1992, and I still think it's pretty clear that Charles M. Schulz got really sick of having to mention the Great Pumpkin every year sometime back in the early seventies.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HALLOWEEN: The Firebird

For my third piece of Halloween art music, I like Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, specifically the 1919 suite version of his 1910 ballet (originally composed for the Ballets Russes). The version I wanted to highlight, the complete version conducted by Leonard Bernstein, is on YouTube but in pieces (I recommend listening to them, starting here), so here is the excerpt version that was used in Fantasia 2000. It's cut down, but it's an excellent, emotional performance, with James Levine conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It probably doesn't seem very Halloween-ish, but that first appearance of the "infernal dance" section always scares the hell out of me. In this one, I think hope soars out of evil's hands, but the struggle in the middle just sounds like evil trying to exert its will, and that kind of scare goes good with the season.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016