|It's that time of year once again, Halloween ushers in the best holiday of the Holiday season! Taken at La Mesa Oktoberfest in 2007 but still relevant every Halloween. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This post did not turn out like I had planned. I was putting together a post about evil, but when I started correlating the concept not only to Halloween, but to the world in general my mind began to drift to more pleasantness. Then I started thinking back on the Halloweens of my past. I have some interesting memories if not totally fun ones. Maybe the real evil can wait until another post because it's out there whether we can name it or not. No, not in this post.
And sorry if my title led you here to read ghost stories. I don't have any special chillers to tell you, but I just wanted to ruminate a bit on memories. As some of you know I also have a memoir blog called Wrote By Rote which posts every Saturday (except in unique circumstances perhaps). Coming to that blog on October 31 (tomorrow on the day of this post's publication) I'll be discussing the impact that memories can have on who we are and how those memories can be channeled into writing memoir. In other words I'll be tossing out ideas to the readers just like I do on this blog you're reading now and then hopefully we have a conversation about the topic.
Think about how "ghosts" are often a metaphor for our memories of bygone people, things, and events. When I think of it that way I kind of wonder how many ghost stories are actually allegories or symbolic representations of things in the author's own life.
Oh, if you want to think on that a moment then here's some background music. "Memories" from the musical Cats is even more beautiful than I remember.
If you really got into that song like I did, you might want to hear it again. How about the following version by Barbra Streisand. I must be in some strange mellow mood tonight as I write this post. Anyway, here's Barbra.
Gosh this is almost like a Battle of the Bands post! I guess you can vote on one of these if you want, but for my real official Battle of the Bands be sure to come back here this Sunday November 1st. My song for this next round will be another one about memories, aging, and ghosts. The song will be a far different style--and a bit scarier--than this song from Cats. It's a song by one of my favorite rock artists.
See you Sunday!
What kinds of memories tend to haunt you the most? What are the most tangible and sensate memories that you hold? How do your memories communicate with you?