Open Mic Adventures XII: “Ghostly”

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!


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2 thoughts on “Open Mic Adventures XII: “Ghostly”

  1. 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.


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