“If I could stick my pen in my heart, spill it all over the stage,”

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I wish I could taken home this beautiful poster depicting some of my favorite lyrics from one of my absolute favorite songs from one of my most beloved favorite bands. I was finally able to see my darling Rolling Stones’ exhibit in Chicago, “Exhitbitionism”, just a day before my birthday and during its’ final month here. It has been here since April, but I have been wanting to go since it was in London last year; I’ve already lamented about not being able to attend then. Alas, I was so excited to finally stand among the giant tongues and see what the exhibit had to offer! It’s now gone, it was only here April through July, and I had been asking people and aching to go see it pretty much every weekend, so finally my boyfriend went with me the day before my birthday as part of my birthday celebration/present (even though turning 25 hardly felt like something worth celebrating). He even paid for this extra feature where we walked around with a mp3 player that had members of the band read the exhibit’s content along with extra tidbits of interviews.

I didn’t take too many pictures inside the actual exhibit, because some things were behind glass which gave a bad glare in photos or I feared getting too close and getting kicked out. Like, when I saw the guitar that Keith Richards recorded Gimme Shelter on, one of the best songs this world has ever known, I got chills and I almost cried. But there was so much glare. But anyway, here are the pictures I did take:

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Everyone is licking each other and I love it.

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I so badly want this tiger poster for my own.

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Now this black coat…this coat is special to me. I almost cried in its’ presence, and I so badly wanted to touch it, but there was an exhibit worker standing right behind me. It means so much to me because back in 2013 when I saw them live for the first (and so far only) time, Mick Jagger came out wearing this coat during Sympathy for the Devil, which over my older years has become one of my favorites. And I was already in love with Mick Jagger, but it was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life; watching him majestically walk the stage, the coat blowing behind him, the words coming out of him like hypnotic lava.

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I was also excited to finally wear this dress I had ordered from Forever21 maybe two or three years ago; I had been waiting for the perfect occasion and it had at last arrived. And the dress itself is actually just a Stones tank cut up with a mesh skirt, so I had to wear a black mini skirt underneath it. I like that it came that way, though; it forced me to make it my own. Maybe some girls would rock it with leggings, or another lightweight maxi skirt. I just wish there were more rock and roll dresses like this or any rock and roll dresses at all. I have Star Wars and Disney dresses, but I would only be complete with rock and roll dresses; yellow submarines, Who targets, more Rolling Stones mouths, just give me anything rock and roll!! But anyway, this is what the dress looks like on the hanger:

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the Rolling Stones logo and try to acquire as much merchandise as I can with it on there; the comforter and pillows on my bed, patches, necklaces, and of course dozens of t-shirts. The gift shop at the end of the exhibit had such beautiful and unique apparel, including various jean and leather jackets by Tommy Hilfiger that were quite expensive. I’ll have you some day, Rolling Stones leather jacket…but for now, I simply added to my t-shirt collection:

Overall, I adored the experience and I loved finally taking pictures with the statues, but that doesn’t mean I will settle for that; I NEED THOSE IN MY HOME SOMEDAY!

But thank you, my darling Rolling Stones, for giving me all of this music and art. I adore you all.

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“This is Halloween…in this town we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song,”

“LA LA LA LALA LA LA LA LALA LA…..WEEEEE!!!!”

Yes, I adore the Nightmare Before Christmas. And the soundtrack is a delightful time during Halloween, Christmas, and actually, all year-round if you just love this movie and delightful movie scores like I do. But, since we are in the Halloween season, we’ll just focus on that for today.

Are you throwing a Halloween party soon? Are you in need of some festive pumpkin songs? Well you are in luck, because I’m not only going to share the playlist I made for myself and my family to listen to on Halloween three years ago, but also additional songs I have thought of since I made that original CD.

And no, the order doesn’t matter; I always shuffle my playlists anyway.

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  • Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
  • Scooby Doo, Where are You by….okay, I don’t actually know…on my iPod it just says it’s from my Cartoon Network CD and that’s it…
  • I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow (you could also go with the original version but I like this one)
  • Fire by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown (one of my favorite songs ever…both super 60’s and slightly scary)
  • Season of the Witch by Donovan
  • Hungry like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • Love Potion Number Nine by the Searchers (this song includes a gyspy making potions; trust me, it’s relevant)
  • Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones (another one of my favorite songs ever)
  • This is Halloween by Danny Elfman from Nightmare Before Christmas (if you want extra creepy vibes, go with Marilyn Manson’s version. Or both, like I do!)
  • N.I.B. by Black Sabbath (I was jamming so hardcore to this in my car today)
  • Five to One by the Doors (one of my favorites of theirs that I find both sexy and eerie; Jim Morrison is all like “I love my girl, she lookin’ good”, and then there’s this almost tribal kinda chant that I enjoy)
  • Devil Inside by INXS
  • Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down (because what kind of Halloween party is it if there isn’t someone dressed as a superhero?)
  • Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
  • Weird Science by Oingo Boingo (it is the song from modern day 80’s fairytale version of Frankenstein, after all) (fun fact: this is ALSO Danny Elfman 🙂 )
  • Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones
  • Devils by Say Hi (the only good thing to come out of the disaster that was Scream 4)
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins (“the world is a vampire…” Also, PUMPKINS)
  • Creatures of the Night by Kiss (quite the underrated 80’s tune)
  • Howlin’ For You by the Black Keys
  • People are Strange by the Doors
  • Fire by Jimi Hendrix (although Jimi is clearly talking about sexuality (which could also work at a Halloween party 😉 ) , also think “fiery pits of Hell”)
  • Thriller by Micheal Jackson (I love this song so much. From Vincent Price, to the lyrics “girl I could feel you more than any ghoul could ever dare try”, to the dance…it’s perfect.)
  • House of the Rising Sun by the Animals (badass 60’s tune that can be creepy in the right setting)
  • Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry by Alice Cooper (perhaps these ones and the ones by Black Sabbath you can take out if there’s tiny children at this party; they might find them a bit too freaky.)
  • Welcome to my Nightmare by Alice Cooper
  • Poison by Alice Cooper
  • Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper (I know, so much Alice Cooper, but the guy’s concerts themselves are horror shows. It would just be wrong not to include a good amount of Alice Cooper. He’s the King of shock rock, of scary rock and roll)
  • Hells Bells by AC/DC (if this isn’t the coolest intro you’ve ever heard, I don’t know if we can be friends)
  • Boris the Spider by the Who (I just love the weird, deep, almost scary voice John Entwhistle does here.)
  • Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne (optional; not one of my favorites, but of course it’s Halloweeny)
  • Raise the Dead by the Hollywood Vampires (my beloved Alice Cooper strikes again; I’ve talked about this fantastic band before)
  • My Dead Drunk Friends by the Hollywood Vampires (probably my favorite of theirs; “standing all alone here, in a tavern full of ghosts,”)
  • White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane (You know, make that person that’s dressed up as an Alice in Wonderland character feel special. Also, I find this song to be both trippy and intense)
  • In the Evening by Led Zeppelin (this one isn’t super creepy (except perhaps the beginning) or anything, but simply it’s just too cool not to have playing at a party)
  • Pet Cemetery by the Ramones (admittedly not one of my favorites of theirs but it’s pretty decent, and will make people think of the movie and then they’ll be a bit scared)
  • Blood and Roses by the Smithereens
  • Miss Murder by AFI (ahh, brings back such fond memories of the music video with the black bunnies)
  • Helter Skelter by the Beatles (you know I am obsessed with and adore the Beatles, but this song just freaks me out. It’s so rough and aggressive. Plus, there is that sad, forced connection made by the delusional and murderous Charles Manson)
  • Blue Jay Way by the Beatles (sure, this is mostly just trippy, but ever since a dear friend of mine described a nightmare that contained this song, I can’t listen to it as just a psychedelic song. There’s some weird thing about it…like, something is following you and then chasing you)
  • Moving in Stereo by the Cars (sure, a lot of you probably think of this as a sexy song because of Fast Times at Rigdemont High, but I don’t simply because the lyrics say otherwise. It’s kinda suicidal and creepy, really.)
  • Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan (I don’t necessarily find this song creepy, but I think its’ general, but beautiful weirdness just make it fun to listen to)
  • A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins (not really creepy, but just awesome and mysterious, and also the lyrics “you’ve made me acknowledge the Devil in me, I hope to God I’m talking metaphorically”)
  • Evil Woman by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett (bet you thought I was going to forget this Halloween classic! You were wrong, I love this song!)

Okay, so that’s mostly it…

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!

Guys, as I’ve talked about the greatness of Scooby Doo before, and I obviously included the very first/original TV show’s theme song as part of the playlist, I have more Scooby songs for you if you have an open mind and heart…OR, if you’ve seen the glorious Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, please remember these surprisingly rocking soundtrack tunes:

First up: The Ghost Is Here

Saving the best for last:

 

Also, less loved in my heart as Terror Time but still pretty awesome is Hex Girls from Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost:

 

I hope you enjoy my playlist as well as my additional suggestions, and if you have any awesome Halloweeny songs I missed, tell me, I’d love to know!