On last week’s Open Mic Adventures post, Ponty noted that there aren’t many Halloween songs, while Christmas enjoys an embarrassment of riches in that regard.
That got me thinking: I should showcase my Halloween song here on the blog! Fortunately, I played it—“Ghostly“—back on Tuesday, 18 October 2022.
I wrote “Ghostly” back in 2014, right before I recorded my debut EP, Contest Winner EP, on which “Ghostly” appears as the fourth track. It’s one of my weirder songs, as it’s in 3/4 time and in the key of C minor, and the lyrics are a bit unhinged. It’s about a man losing his mind over the haunting memories of his lost love, and it’s the only song I know that uses the phrase “ectoplasmic remembrance.” Indeed, it might be the only song ever written with the word “ectoplasmic,” but I’m not willing to make that bet:
Like most of my songwriting from that era (and even now), there is a clear influence from 1950s doo-wop, as the second pre-chorus demonstrates with the call-and-response vocals and the classic late 1950s/early 1960s chord progression (Eb, Cm, Ab, before departing to D major to G7).
The main chord progression is delightfully weird: Cm to Ab, then to D and G7. The G7 points back to the C minor nicely, and the D points to the G, but that transition from Ab to D is a head-scratcher—and I love it!
So, how does “Ghostly” stack up as a Halloween song? Tell me what you think in the comments!
Happy All Saints’ Day!
Other Editions of Open Mic Adventures:
- “Open Mic Adventures I: Oingo Boingo’s ‘Just Another Day’“
- “Open Mic Adventures II: Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’“
- “Open Mic Adventures III: Joanie Sommers’s ‘Johnny Get Angry’“
- “Open Mic Adventures IV: KISS’s ‘I Still Love You’“
- “Open Mic Adventures V: ‘There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)’“
- “Open Mic Adventures VI: Journey’s ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’“
- “Open Mic Adventures VII: ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’“
- “Open Mic Adventures VIII: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’“
- “Open Mic Adventures IX: Journey’s ‘Faithfully’“
- “Open Mic Adventures X: ‘Time Warp’”
- “Open Mic Adventures XI: Spooktacular Supergroup Covers ‘Monster Mash’“
2 thoughts on “Open Mic Adventures XII: “Ghostly””
Thanks, Tyler. 🙂
I’m trying to work out whether I preferred the solo version of this or this duet; John’s backing vocals really worked. I guess I like both of them equally.
Tina loves it too. In fact, she loves it so much she hasn’t been able to get it out of her head. Give it a week and she’ll still be singing that in the shower! 🙂
I have another review to send your way. Not for the list, for a film we watched last night. And wished we hadn’t.
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Thanks, Ponty! John’s backing vocals add a great deal. I’m glad that Tina has a new earworm! You’ll have to send me audio of that shower singing, haha.
Looking forward to the review. I could probably run it next week at some point. I’ve gotsta write my #6 review soon myself.