It’s in your mind…It’s Thiller!!!

It’s that time of the year when the nights get longer and the days are colder and I’ve noticed more and more people with their winter coats, hats and mittens.  Though it’s just the beginning of the inevitable known as winter, there is always one event that will have children and parents outside at night regardless of the weather.  It’s time for Halloween.

I’m not a Halloween fanatic but I do love seeing kids dressed up in costumes walking around in search of treats.  It reminds me of the days when I would go out with my siblings and eventually my friends, walking around as people gave us candy for just saying ‘Trick or Treat’.  What I can’t stand to see is when a tween/teen doesn’t even pretend they put any effort into a costume and they walk up to my house in the clothes they wore to school earlier that day.  Why am I giving these kids candy?  Why I don’t just go to a school and hand out candies to all the kids?  C’mon!

As an adult I haven’t really been one to dress up but in the past couple of years I’ve been attending an annual Halloween costume party and love it.  I’ve mentioned in a recent entry about an event called Amnesia and the founders of this event hold an Annual Halloween Costume party where people go all out.  I love it because nothing is too outrageous and you would never feel out-of-place!!

They play all the best from the 80’s and 90’s!  There is only one song I can think of that makes me think of Halloween in the 80’s.  I’ll give you one chance to guess…THAT’S RIGHT…IT’S THRILLER!!! How can anyone hear this song and not want to dance?  One of my favorite parts of the song is by the Master of Scare…Mr. Vincent Price.  As a kid the video and song freaked me out a bit but it gradually found a special place in my heart.

This song has inspired the following poem.

It’s in your mind…

What was thatI just heard a sound.

What ran bywhat’s on the ground?

Hello?…HELLO??!…Is someone there?

I want to peek out but I’m afraid to stare.

I just heard it againit’s getting near…

I can try to run but how do I outrun fear? – end.

In honour of MJ and Halloween – check out Thriller!! – http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

Remember the times…

If you are anything like me then as a 70’s baby you too have seen a lot change over the years.  I’m sure the majority of you can appreciate what I’m about to say. 

I’m referring to the days before the internet. A time when our internet was the full collection of encyclopedia Britannica and spell check meant you had to go find the Webster’s dictionary to look up a word. 

Do you know what foolscap paper is? That’s right, I’m talking about the paper that looked recycled – in the 70’s?  The paper they gave us in school with that big red pencil which you practically needed two hands to hold.  Do you know what our touch screen was?  It was when we touched the etch-a-sketch with our fingernail to make a mark appear.

I can’t even begin to talk about the changes with technology.  I remember when the remote control just came out and how happy I was when my family actually bought one.  That meant that I didn’t have to walk up to the Zenith TV and stand there for 10 minutes while my father decided what he wanted to watch on one of the thirteen channels.

I could go on but I’m sure you get where I’m going.  With that said, the only thing I really miss from that time is the music.  I love music in general, all types and pretty much from every category.  Don’t get me wrong, what we have today is good but for the most part it can’t compare to what we had.  So many songs from back in the day have been sampled and many of the 80’s and 90’s babies wouldn’t know that it was a remake or sample of a song from another time.

One of the most remarkable entertainers would have celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday.  That’s right, I’m referring to the one and only, Michael Jackson.  He was definitely in a class all his own.  The media will have us believe that he was crazy or had mental issues.  Regardless of what the truth was no one can deny that he was an amazing entertainer and performer.

There is an event which celebrates and shares the contributions of Michael and countless other irreplaceable artists.  These individuals have built the foundation for today’s musicians through their dedication to creating good music and their unsaid promise not to deodorize the funk!

Amnesia is brought to us by Ian Andre Espinet and a line up of amazing DJ’s such as DJ Jason Chambers and DJ Starting From Scratch (who I love!)

Take a look at these links to see what the events are all about – you won’t be disappointed:

Amnesia 2009 –  http://youtu.be/_8_BMGdQQM8

MJ Tribute by DJ Starting from Scratch on Canada day 2009 – http://youtu.be/_zBGKyRjnCs