Tuesday, November 01, 2016

November 1st...the sights of Halloween 2016...

Greetings all,

Today I reflect on the sights (and sounds) of last evening.

Today's post is mostly sights...
Carving Jack O'Lanterns is always a good time and two of my four kids helped.  I honestly can't get enough photos of Jack O'Lanterns.
These three guarded my house from spooks last night.  They stood guard and did a wonderful job.
Trick or Treatin'....
O.P.P. (other people's pumpkins),,,
I'm a huge fan of these types of shots.  Front doors, decorations and Trick or Treaters.  I love Trick or Treating (well, now accompanying kids while they do it).  It doesn't take much to fill me full of joy on Halloween.  Some webs, some lights...
...some cheesy skulls and a gravestone.  Seriously...this type of thing just warms my heart.
This house scared my daughter...she said it was because of the big spider.
Loved this house's display.  The lady that owned the place thought it was a little strange that I was taking a picture of her front window.  I told her it was because "I like what you did with the place".
I'll end this blog post with some more photos of my Jack O'Lanterns.

The trio that guarded my house.
I like to creep around.  Just stare at kids and stand in front of the houses my kids are Trick or Treating at.  I don't talk much except to wish people a "Happy Halloween".  This year I wore the cheap skull mask I picked up at The 99 cent Store and black gloves.  I almost always wear my skeleton shirt, pants and shoes.

And today is November 1st...10:31 am...and I'm a little bit bummed...

Had a fun Season of blogging - hope those that read it enjoyed it.

Until next year...

Mark Harvey

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31st...just one more...

It is 10:31 pm on 10/31/16...

I had a great time spookin' out, Trick or Treatin' eating candy...drinking pumpkin beer and howling at the moon.

This Season has been a rough one for me.  We have had construction going on for months on my house preventing me from decorating outside and it sort of zapped all my decorating spirit. I had hoped to have a Halloween party on the 29th, but scaffolding everywhere...furniture moved around to let window guys work.  It has been a rough few months.

Tomorrow I'll post the pictures that I took tonight.  We had a terrific time Trick or Treatin' with friends and romping around a great neighborhood.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween filled with all the sights, sounds and special things that makes Halloween "the greatest play day of the year".

If you're up late and need something to lull you to sleep tonight...have a listen...

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

October 31st...the final act...

Good evening friends, fiends, boils and ghouls,

By now many of my East Coast friends are probably wrapping up their Trick or Treating and we West Coasters are going out and seeing the sights, seeking Tricks and Treats...

Back in 2002 I participated in producing a charity CD (with a number of other artists).  It was called "Haunters Helping Haunters" and I had three songs on the disc.

"Helping Haunters" was recorded specifically for this disc.

Please have a listen and ENJOY...

Tonight I'm making this tune available for FREE! One last treat from me to you this season.

Download "Helping Haunters" now - here.

I hope you enjoy some of the FREE Halloween treats I've posted.  Remember to support independent artists (like me) by downloading or purchasing music - you can find my music for download here, here, here and here.

Mark Harvey

Click here if you can't figure out where to download the track

October 31st - It's Halloween!!!

Well folks...we made it!  Another FULL month of blogging and blog posts and tonight I'll be taking my kids out for trick or treating, seeing the sights, eating some candy and having fun.

If you're not already aware of it, you can surf over to 13thTrack.com Halloween Radio and stream Halloween music for your party, for trick or treaters, to play in the dark or just to vibe out to.  Surf on over!

There are a few songs that resonate with me on Halloween night specifically.

First up is "Candy" from Rain Station's "DARK RIDE" CD. Jay created a fantastic video for this track - here - and I just LOVE this tune.  Have a listen...
Next up is another track from "DARK RIDE" that is perfect for Halloween night.  Jay created a video for this track as well - here.  Have a listen to "Trick or Treatin'"...
Last up tonight is a FREE download of "It's Halloween" which is an unreleased song from Rain Station.  Jay made a video for "It's Halloween" and you can watch it here.  Have a listen to the song before you download it.
Download "It's Halloween" here.

OK, enough treats for now - go out and have a safe Halloween!

Mark Harvey

October 31st!!!!!

It's Halloween!

This is the first of many posts today.  I'll be serving up the treats all day long folks!

Hey...did you want a copy of my Halloween compilation CD?

Download it here.

Drop me a note and let me know you downloaded it.  Let me know what you think of the track listing and the new mopehead song "fallen".

Happy Halloween!

Mark Harvey

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30th...

Good evening gals, gents and ghouls,

It has been some time since I've recorded a new "HauntScape", but this season seemed...different...so I got to it and present to you tonight...


I'll get to recording more...I really enjoy creating this type of "music".

Crank it up loud for Trick or Treaters...and let me know what you think, please.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

October 30th...

Greetings guys and ghouls,

Twelve years ago today I married my wife.  We both would have preferred to pick a different day for our wedding anniversary since there's always so much to do to get ready for Halloween (if you're like me) and our anniversary doesn't get the attention it deserves.

This year is not unique for many reasons.  Lots going on in, but all is good.  Hopefully we can find a way to get away at some point to celebrate our 12 years of married life together.

I love you honey, Happy Anniversary.

So since we're talking October brides...have a listen to "October's Bride" off  Rain Station's DARK RIDE CD.

If you've not taken the time to check out the DARK RIDE videos, please do. Visit JackoLantern.org or click the links below....
and the BONUS track "IT'S HALLOWEEN"

Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife and Happy 30th of October. TOMORROW is THE day! HALLOWEEN PEOPLE!!!!

Mark Harvey

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29th...

Greeting friends and fiends...

Pumpkins....pumpkins...pumpkins..."what's with your obsession with pumpkins"...
Well...there's always been something about pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns that have resonated with me.  I can't quite put a finger on it. All three of my Halloween "HauntScapes" are called Pumpkinland (I, II and III).  If I had a haunted house I'd call it Pumpkinland.
I've been enjoying my pumpkin blow molds a lot this year particularly because my youngest is getting such a kick out of them.
So, let's dig a bit in history...

The History of the Jack O'Lantern
The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin.The Jack O'Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish History. As the story goes, Stingy Jack was a miserable, old drunk who liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil himself. One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree. Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree. Stingy Jack made the Devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He was not allowed to enter heaven. He then went down to Hell and the Devil. The Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander about forever in the darkness between heaven and hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him an ember from the flames of Hell to help him light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed out Turnip, one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one. For that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his "Jack O'Lantern".
On all Hallow's eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away. These were the original Jack O'Lanterns. In the 1800's a couple of waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out. So they used pumpkins for Jack O'Lanterns.
I'm working on a new "HauntScape" that I am hoping to post over the weekend.  Keep your eyes open for it...first haunt track from me in a number of years.

While you wait...here are some links to the Pumpkinland series...

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28th...part two

Good evening friends, fiends and finks,

As we get closer to Halloween multi-post days are in order.

So - I write a lot about Rain Station's DARK RIDE...I do...

It is probably one of the things I've done in life I'm most proud of (after kids and some other non-musical life experiences). Rain Station (for me) was a beautiful collaboration between a friend and I...something that can't be dismissed and something that will always stand he test of time.

Some folks dig it...and I dig that they dig it.

Enter Heather Drain (here) - a fan, a friend and a brilliant writer. She's recently written "Music to Get Your Spook On!: The Album Edition" for Diabolique Magazine (here).

Making the grade on any list of Halloween music is a dream...here's what Heather has to say:

"Another two man band (minus the plethora of session guys), Rain Station was formed in the early 1990s by two multi-talented Americans, Mark Harvey and J. E. Moores. I found out about them years ago when listening to a now long gone Halloween themed internet radio station via Live365. This particular station stood out for several reasons and one of the biggest was the work of a band named Rain Station. Songs like “Trick or Treating,” “Things” and “Candy” grabbed and pulled me towards seeking out their Halloween themed album, “Dark Ride.” This was a move that I am still eternally grateful for, especially since it made me check out their non-spooky work, which is equally brilliant and beautifully unclassifiable. Rain Station are truly their own genre.

With the tone ranging from cute to somber to fanged-monster-mask-scary, “Dark Ride” is a work that should be played as much as “Monster Mash” in a world more just. It’s a perfect album for pre, during and post Halloween-themed capers. Whether it is the thrill of being a child in a cheap mask, going to strange houses at night in search for candy or being the grown up monster kid watching scary movies late at night with friends, “Dark Ride” is an album that lives up to its title. It is actually better than any carnival ride and you can be assured that the odds of getting sexually harassed by a carny named “Crutches” while visiting this particular dark ride are incredibly low."

She sums up what DARK RIDE is all about.  And there's no carnies...

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

October 28th...

Hey there everyone!

October is a month of giving and receiving.  The best part of getting the Halloween packages out to folks is having them photograph what I've sent (in whatever form suits them). Daniel Knop's photo is to the left. His
band, Roadside Memorial (here) has a track on this year's compilation.
Jay didn't photograph the CD or some of the goodies inside the Halloween box, but DID take this awesome photo of the fangs and eraser I sent.  Love this image.
Sandi took this great image of what I sent PLUS the cool Halloween Forever stamps she picked up at the post office.
Here are the wonderful things Sandi sent to my family this year.  We always look forward to our annual Halloween gift box and this year was no exception!

Here's a "treat" for you...a free MP3 of "Every Day, Every Year" by mopehead (here).

Have a listen before you download...

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27th...

Good morning friends, fiends and freaks,

I finally got my  hands on a First Edition of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". This 1967 copy is in PERFECT condition.
I've enjoyed reading the story to the kids - who doesn't love this story? The illustrations from Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson make this book pure eye candy!
Some of the other books I'm enjoying looking at with the kids are The Little Witch's series.
The Black Magic Cookbook is full of great imagery and simple recipies.

The Little Witch's Black Magic Book of Disguises has fun costume ideas.
One of my favorites is the costume ideas for a Vampire Bat.

The Little Witch's Halloween Book is filled with Halloween party, food, decoration and game ideas.
Filled with great illustrations it is fun to go through this book with my kids and talk about Halloween festivities!

Make & Color your own Halloween Decorations is full of cut and color decorations.
I wouldn't dare cut and color in this book, but rather photocopy and enjoy again and again.  The book has perforated pages so I'm not sure how many pages were missing when I got it.  It is super fun to look at.

What are your favorite books to read or enjoy during October?  I'm always looking for new titles to seek out and add to my collection.

Of all the songs on DARK RIDE, this one gives me the most in terms of visuals (in my imagination)...

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

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