It has been awhile, I feel, since I have written a post about music which is the whole reason I started this blog seven years ago.
However this morning I’m feeling especially moody and therefore am blaring music in my office until my office-mate gets in later today. And as we’re only 11 days away from my favorite “holiday” Halloween I’m going to do my annual post of some great Halloween songs. Thankfully the kids helped me with this during our morning commute so I have extra ones I would not have remembered or thought of on my own.
Yes, Halloween is my favorite holiday above all others and I am incredibly excited each year to take the children trick-or-treating. Getting sick with fever and aches this weekend was not part of the plan and so I am sure I’ll be completely tuckered out by the end of the night, but I am not going to let it stop be. I’m also not sure why it has to be 30 degrees out on Halloween, but again, we will be sure to dress in layers and enjoy the tricks and treats.
In the photo below you will see three goofballs, I am in the middle. Kermit is a scrink.com contributing writer, Adam Thomas and the “Painter with an Afro” is our friend Juan. We all work in what is affectionately known as the Townsend Dungeon. Really, we work in a converted lab, now office area, in the basement of Townsend Hall on the UD campus. We are half underground, half above ground so when we look out the window we are eye level with the grass and look straight into the brick wall of the stairs leading up into the first floor grand entrance of the building. We like the dungeon, it’s quiet unless we play loud music or are laughing about one of Adam’s animal playing an instrument youtube videos. These guys are great friends and I’m honored to be working with them every day.
Samhain is another name for this amazing time of year. Samhain, means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Samhain is not, and never was, associated with evil or negativity. It has always been a time to reaffirm our belief in the oneness of all spirits, and in our firm resolution that physical death is not the final act of existence. Though death is very much a part of Samhain’s symbolism, this Sabbat also celebrates the triumph of life over death.
Some legend for you…
Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or Samhain (for those of Celtic descent, pagans or Wiccans), is associated with many customs, not just going door-to-door asking for candy.
The origin of Halloween dates back over 2,000 years and is often attributed to the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland.
The legend of the most familiar Hallowe’en symbol–a lighted pumpkin–comes from a tale of an old Irish miser named Jack. Jack made several pacts with the devil. He also tricked the devil. When he died, he could not get into Heaven for his sins and because he had tricked the devil, he could not get into Hell. The Devil gave him a coal and Jack placed it in a hollowed out turnip, which lit his way as he wandered the earth until Judgment Day.
These lit up turnips of ancient times were also said to help ward off evil. Pumpkins, native to America, were plentiful and took the place of turnips.
If you create a station using Pandora.com by typing in the title “Monster Mash” you’ll get all sorts of fun Halloween-esque songs to listen to while you work. Right now I am hearing the Witch Doctor song, haha. The Purple People Eater is playing next. Every now and then it is absolutely necessary to break out these old silly, spooky songs, especially this time of year. I wish the kids were here in the office with me because I know they’d be dancing and singing.
If you happen to be in an office near mine right now and you’re hearing crazy music which at the moment includes very odd growling from the artist singing about Frankenstein, haha, just join in on the fun rather than get all weirded out.
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