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Halloween is nothing when it comes to scary. It's just a time when we make scary an entertaining thing and poke fun at fear. Horror movies have long been a popular genre and ghost stories probably go back to the beginning of time. It's a wonder that so many of us relish hearing about scary fantasy when we've got more than enough scary in real life to turn all of our hair white and make us want to lock ourselves away forever.
One need only watch the television news or read about events happening in the world, in the nations in which they live, or right in their own communities. There are plenty of frightening stories that are real and sometimes it seems like things just keep getting scarier. Health issues, climate change threats, cyber-terrorism as well as the dark clouds looming over the economic horizon are enough to stimulate doubts and fears within us. We never know when violence will strike where we are.
Uncertainty about what tomorrow holds and what the forces of evil are cooking up around the world might be driving some of you to feelings of insecurity and anxiety. Personally I don't feel too threatened by a lot of what I hear about other than issues that are most likely to affect me directly. Each day though it does seem like there is more to fear. Especially when my imagination starts going a bit wild.
"I Scare Myself"
My recent Battle of the Bands was a contest between Thomas Dolby and a Dan Hicks/Rickie Lee Jones duo performing Dan Hicks' own song "I Scare Myself". These were both outstanding performances for my taste in music. I was on a seesaw at first with these versions. The Dan Hicks version had the violin and I typically gravitate toward anything with a violin in it. I loved that hot jazz sound and I'm just a big fan of the campy Dan Hicks style.
However in the final analysis Dolby's dark ethereal smoky jazz version won me over. I've been a Dolby fan since I first heard his music in the 80's. He's a talented guy who is very musically innovative. My vote went to Dolby's version as did the majority of those of you who voted. Still, Hicks managed a credible showing with several voters boosting his numbers toward the end of the voting.
Thank you all for your votes on this excellent match.
Final Vote Tally:
Thomas Dolby 19 Votes
Dan Hicks and Rickie Lee Jones 11 Votes
Another Battle of the Bands post will be appearing on Sunday November 1st. Since it comes during Halloween weekend and on the Day of the Dead, I'm going to continue with another scary themed song by one of my favorite artists. It's a song that you might enjoy better as a cover than as the original which most of you probably haven't heard anyway. Hope you come this grand musical haunting and cast your vote.
Do you think the world around you is getting scarier? Do your fears tend to be rational or more toward the irrational? Do you ever secretly hope for something really scary to happen like a zombie uprising, a nuclear attack, or the breakout of utter chaos?