Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22nd... it is folks...

The new mopehead track "fallen"...released today, October 22nd, 2016.

It feels good to get a new Halloween track out this year.  I also remixed "jack o'lantern' and "I love halloween".  I'll be posting the new mixes in the coming days.

I put out a request on Facebook to my artist friends and Eric DeSantis answered the call with the artwork for the track.  He's super talented - check out his art here. Give him some clicks, love and hire this dude if you need awesome artwork.

Have a listen...drop me a line and let me know what you think.  This song is on my Halloween 2016 Compilation CD....ask for a free digital download...just email me.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21st...

Around this time of year I get really lonely for Richard McGhee. Here is a FREE MP3 download of Witchcraft (click here) by Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* recorded at the Rain Station's Halloween Bash that we had many years ago. This tune features Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* (click here to check him out LIVE). The track taken from a live recording (off the board) at a Halloween party at the Rain Station. We hired Richard McGhee *Star Vocalist* to be the entertainment at our party and I got a first class recording of his show.

Such a perfect time of year to celebrate Richard's life (see what I wrote about him in a previous post by clicking here). Such a perfect song for the Halloween season. His spirit lives on in my memory and his determination to be THE *Star Vocalist* that he was inspires me everyday to live my life to the fullest.
Your comments are appreciated.


Mark Harvey

Click here if you can't figure out where you're supposed to click to download the song.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20th...

Good morning friends and fiends,

Every year I make a Halloween compilation CD that gets mailed (and emailed) to friends of mine. This year is no exception After DJing the disc and putting it into the optimal order, I create CD art, burn the CDs, pack them up and get them into the mail.  If you're reading this and thinking "Hey Mark! I'd like to have one of them...." drop me an email and I'll email you the download link.
The track listing is to the left,  I'm really excited about this mix.  On this CD is a track from my friend Daniel Knop's band, Roadside Memorial (here).  There's a song from The Cure that I had never heard before this year and I managed to get a new mopehead track recorded and on here.  If you're savvy you can find the new mopehead track on internet and have a listen before its official release.  I'll post a link to it here in a few days.
Inside of each package there's a bunch of "treats" for the recipients.
Here's the heap and it cost a heap to send them, but bringing Halloween joy to my friends is worth every penny.

Once I know the CDs are in the hands of my friends I'll post the new mopehead track. I want them to get the first preview of the track.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19th...

Greetings and salutations,

After last Halloween season I found the "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Game".  I didn't open it up until this past weekend and the kids and I had fun playing the game.

The game is simple - a five year old can play it.
You pick one of four characters.  Your "non-costumed" piece is what you start with.  There is Lucy, Sally, Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
The youngest starts the game, spins and you're off in search of candy and you're costume.
You need to land on your "house" and get into costume. As you traverse the board you Trick or Treat to collect five candy cards. Once you've got your costume on and the five candy cards you can get back to the Great Pumpkin patch.  First one back wins.
As you Trick or Treat there are things that can delay or speed up your progress.  Getting rocks means you have to give up one candy you have accumulated - that card goes back into the stack. If you get quarters, you can buy candy off an opponent or if no one has any you get another spin.  Getting the invitation to the Halloween party card lets you skip the candy collection part of the game and once you have your costume you're off to the Great Pumpkin's pumpkin patch.

Once you've got your costume on, have five candy cards or the invitation you can spin your way back on the green path toward the pumpkin patch. You have to spin the exact number to get back into the patch.

We played a couple games and had a great time.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18th...

Good morning ghouls,

I have been listening to A LOT of Halloween music - both tunes and soundtracky kind of stuff.  To "clear my head" of everything I've heard I tend to run back to a single track of my own.  This has to be one of my favorites I've recorded.

I've been thinking a lot about getting more music out, but balancing that with a young family is tough.  I'm still hoping to get a Halloween tune done for this season.  I'm stuck on lyrics at this point...that's always been the case for me.  Lyrics...

Which is probably why I like doing the instrumental stuff...just focus on mood and nothing else.

Taken from Pumpkinland III I present to you...


Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 17th...

Good morning friends and fiends,

Here's another great find from Trader Joe's - Assorted Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins.  I had gone to the store looking for one of the Haunted Gingerbread House kits, but they had run out.  Trader Joe's does a great job of labeling the seasonal treats in the store. I had previously gone through their "Fearless Flyer" and earmarked a bunch of things, but promptly forgot half of the cool stuff once I got into the store.  Thankfully these gems were tagged in a way that led me to purchase a couple of boxes.

The Salted Caramel was my favorite.  Everyone in the house got to sample them and enjoy them. This weekend was extremely rainy here in Northern California which prevented us from going to the pumpkin patch.  We did manage to take in "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "Beetlejuice".  I am hoping to get many of the other favorites watched before the season is over.  Tough thing around place is to do the seasonal stuff with so many other things going on.

Here's a treat for your ears..."Candy" from Rain Station's DARK RIDE CD.  Have a listen, buy a independent music.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16th...

Greetings friends and fiends,

Today I've decided to share what I've purchased thus far this season.  As I said before, I haven't purchased much - just a few odds and ends - things I couldn't pass up.

First off I got these cool pumpkin solar stakes at Dollar Tree. Also pictured are a couple of battery powered flicker candles and some battery powered pumpkin lights.
Next up are some skeleton hand salad servers I purchased at Marshalls.

While at Michael's I found these wooden pumpkins...
...and these ceramic witches' books and skulls...
...and this toad.

Just a handful of things this year (for now)...

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

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