I know, I know, I’m a little late on the Halloween train - things have been BUSY at the Studio, and in life in general! - but I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of my favorite Halloween things that I meant to share but…okay, you get the picture. Here we go:
If there’s one thing I love more than John Carpenter (yes, THAT John Carpenter), it’s this amaaaaazing podcast called Song Exploder. Let me back up and explain my deep love for John Carpenter as a musician: everyone, of course, knows John’s Carpenter’s movies (Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York, Christine), but did you know that he composed the music and scored most of his films. If you’ve ever paid attention whilst watching a John Carpenter film, you’ll know that his scores are dark, synthy, amazing goodness. I adore his film scores, and frequently play them myself when I need instrumental music to just listen to while I’m writing or working on other creative things.
Song Exploder is am amazing podcast wherein musicians take apart their songs and explain their writing process, from conception to finish. It’s a fascinating, comforting, super-helpful tool for songwriters and artists alike. I would highly recommend listening to it - it’ll simultaneously blow your mind and reassure you that the creative process is a very personal thing and, if it feels like you’re just feeling around in the dark, that you’re probably doing something right.
John Carpenter went ON Song Exploder to discuss his iconic theme to 1978’s Halloween (one of my favorite movies of all time, and a horror classic, duh!).
This is a dream. Listen. Enjoy.
Another thing I dig?! My students doing rad things which, we all know by now, they do a lot of. My longtime student, Sidd, FINALLY AT LONG LAST released his song “Hallow’s Eve” which is my absolute favorite song of his. Sidd is a beautiful songwriter and I had the privilege of hearing his songs pretty much weekly for a couple of years. He’s since moved to the Land of Oakland and is working on releasing his debut EP, which I can assure you is lovely - he’s my resident Nick Drake, and if you don’t know Nick Drake, stop what you’re doing and look him up immediately. You’re welcome.
Here’s Sidd Jagadish’s song, “Hallow’s Eve” - follow him and keep your ears out for him!