SCARY, NO SCARY: GHOST SONGS FOR THE NOT QUITE DEAD

jan. 08, 2020
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samuel mignot
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music

This weeks playlist is ghost themed. The title draws inspiration from Zachary Schomburg's brilliant poem Scary, No Scary.

#Spooky Ghosts, SNCKPACK

The first song on the playlist, SNCKPACK's Spooky Ghosts, launched me on my ghost quest. The song is tender and heartwarming. Though, I have to admit I'm a sucker for ukulele riffs and tender lyrics.

Lets put the bedsheets over our heads.
We'll be spooky ghosts together, in our beds.

#Another Song About Ghosts, Joy Again

Joy Again is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. After hearing them open for Rostam in SF, their songs have been following me.

I treat my body like shit, but I have nothing to lose
Except my physical form which I barely use

Witty, sarcastic, absurd, lyrically sound, tender, I believe Joy Again is going to keep doing great things!

#Ghost Town, The Specials

Obviously, Ghost Town is a ghost-themed playlist requirement. This special Special's hit moves smoothly between unique and diverse passages.

Why must the youth fight against themselves?
Government leaving the youth on the shelf

#Ghosteen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Haunting yet spiritual. Visceral but tender. Although undeniably dark, Cave's music is aglow with something more: a yearning to be free, to be happy. An obsidian radiance that grows in the darkness, stronger for it. His album Ghosteen, its title song, seem the high tide of a hope long dormant in Cave's work.

This world is beautiful
Held within it's stars

#Ghost Ship, Blur

Off of Blur's latest album The Magic Whip, Ghost Ship has a beautiful underlying rhythm. Nothing seems fixed in the foreground or background of the song: rather, everything seems to weave in and out.

I got away for a little while
But then it came back much harder

#Ghost Song, Jim Morrison

Releasesd posthumously on The Doors final album An American Prayer, Ghost Song is a brilliant example of Morrison's stunning songwriting:

Awake.
Shake dreams from your hair
my pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
the day's divinity
First thing you see.

#Living Ghost, Joy Again

Another song about ghosts by joy again, Living Ghost has a lo-fi sound, but is all the better for it. Lyrical decisions, such as the pluralization of sky so that it rhymes with rise, add a rawness to their sound that resolves into a kind of emotional honesty.

will the sun rise
up in the skies
just to shortly return.