We’ve once again reached that magical, spooky time of the year- All Hallow’s Eve! It may not be a huge secret, but this is my personal favorite holiday! Costumes, candy, scary movies, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns. And what’s Halloween without candy corn or pumpkin spice lattes? Just kidding! If you’re looking for some festive music, look no further. Whether you’re trick or treating, or hanging out at a costume party, here are the top 5 halloween songs for any eerie engagements you may have this year.
5. Dead Man’s party- Oingo Boingo
I mean, It’s kind of in the title. It’s a party. Full of dead people. But it’s a really fun party! If you’re not dancing around to this tune you might be kind of dead.
4. Halloween (theme song)- Buckethead (originally John Carpenter)
Originally scored by John Carpenter, this tune is truly an eerie song that might just give you goosebumps from hearing it. Did you know this theme has a time signature of 5/4? And who better to play this and make it more ghastly than Buckethead.
3. This is Halloween- Danny Elfman
Can we have official theme songs for holidays?
2. Thriller- Michael Jackson
If you went to a Halloween party, and this song wasn’t on the playlist, sorry to tell you- but you didn’t go to a Halloween party. You can’t have Halloween without Thriller!
1. Monster Mash- Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
A crazed scientist, the Frankenstein monster (pronounced Frahnk-en-stEEn), vampires, ghouls, zombies, wolf-man, Dracula and his son, Igor, and more. There’s no party or bash greater than the monster mash.
Don’t fear! Here are some hideously horrible tunes that didn’t make this list in case you’re dying for more.
It’s been barely two weeks since the Gorillaz tribute show, and my mind is still reeling over everything that happened. On that day I had no idea I would learn so much about music, myself, and performing, in just a few hours! My sole purpose in this blog is to share two things: how insanely cool my first experience on stage was! And how to make your experience up on stage feel like you’re rocking a sold-out arena.
The Gorillaz performance was my first show as the drummer for Daughters of Triton, and it was one of the coolest days of my entire life. As you would expect, getting up on that stage in front of a room full of people waiting to hear your music is more than a little nerve-wracking. But as soon as my band and I stepped on stage, seeing the supporting faces of not only my friends and family but the support of other kids and their families, it completely filled my heart. I felt like I could do anything, with my drumsticks in my hands and the coolest band in the world to back me up (Daughters of Triton forever!!). With the help of our awesome instructors, I felt like we could pull off the performance of our lives.
One thing I really, really loved about the show was watching everyone at Band Dynamics work together and encourage each other. Doing a team huddle beforehand got me pumped for our performance (1-2-3-ROCK!), and it pulled me even closer to the kids in the other bands. Seeing how hard everyone works to play music and to have fun is so amazing to watch, especially when you can easily see who’s having fun onstage. I don’t know everyone at Band Dynamics yet, but when all those supportive faces were right in front of the crowd, cheering my band on, it helped me to remember that I wasn’t alone, and that I could kill it on the drums just as well as they did before me. Even being my first experience on stage!
Knowing this about my very first show, there are a few pieces of advice I’d give to first-time performers.
Don’t freak yourself out before you go onstage. There’s a bunch of bands playing for your enjoyment- so enjoy the music! If you let yourself dance and sing along with the songs, it’ll easily take your mind off of nervousness and allow you to have fun!
Which brings me to my next and most important point: don't be afraid to have a good time onstage! I can say that with my first experience on stage, the best part of my show was dancing to all of my band’s songs and singing along behind the drums. The more fun you have in your performance, the more natural it’ll look to the audience and the more memorable your experience will be.
All in all, one of the best parts of music is that it brings people together, and that’s exactly what I got to experience at my first show. Everyone in the Toad Tavern gathered together to listen to a bunch of great songs, and as a musician, I absolutely loved seeing everyone jam out together and sing with each other.
Littleton School of Music has the power to bring people together through something amazing, and they do it so spectacularly that I couldn’t have had a better time up on that stage, I know you have the power to have the same experience.
Olivia has been drumming with Band Dynamics for just over a year. Her hard work and dedication in private lessons put her on the fast track to work with her current band Daughters of Triton. Alongside music, Olivia aspires to be a journalist and blog writer. Look forward to more blogs from Olivia and other students! Don't miss Daughters of Triton at their next performance. Keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our upcoming events.
With so much amazing music to play I often don’t know where to begin. Do I learn that cool drumbeat from that one song? Or that Van Halen solo? Maybe I should work on scales. I should write a song!
All the indecision often winds up with me playing a few of my favorite songs and not making much forward progress as a musician. If you’ve ever felt a bit “distracted”, or scatter brained, here are a few tips that Can help in setting your musical goals.
What are your goals?
Be honest with what you want right now. Do you really want to learn a specific song? Maybe you want to master your craft. Write more music. Perform live more. We all have a big picture but we only climb to the top of the mountain by putting one foot in front of the other. Pick about 3 goals.
Make a practice schedule
I play guitar 7 days a week. I do not proudly admit there are definitely weeks where I don’t work on my goals though. What has really helped me get better at working towards my goals is devising a practice schedule. Pick 3 separate days a week, and set aside 30 minutes to work specifically on one of the goals you’ve set. If one of your goals is “write more music” inspiration can be impossible to schedule. Once it strikes get to work and dedicate time to that idea. I’m sure you’ll rock out tons during the week but set aside time specifically for these goals. And don’t hold off! Don’t push your practice day aside to another day. Dedicate time and keep on track.
It’s great to have goals but don’t let yourself work on one song forever! When you're setting your musical goals, you need to be setting deadlines as well. Set a realistic, but strict deadline for yourself. If you want to play that open mic next Wednesday, be sure you have a set ready by then. Some goals may have more vague deadlines, such as writing an album, or mastering your craft. But you can always set a quota! Learn 3 new scales, or write 3 new songs by the end of the month. With other goals, give yourself at most 2 weeks to complete. The cool thing is if you don’t meet your deadline you’re not getting a bad grade in school! Even if you don’t meet your deadline look at the progress you’ve made! It’s shocking how much you’ll have accomplished.
Rocking riffs and cool lyrics will still easily distract you, and you should be distracted! Music is way too cool to focus on one solo at a time. But set aside even just 2 hours a week and you’ll blow your mind with how much progress you can make by setting your musical goals. If you want to learn more about setting your musical goals, or need some guidance on your musical journey, Band Dynamics has the best instructors that can help you accomplish any musical goal. Learn more here about how we can help. Rock on!
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