I have a lot of fun creating playlists for the yoga classes that I teach. It stems back to when I was a kid making mix tapes (yes, cassette tapes, remember those) when I’d record songs off the radio. This process definitely got easier when burning CDs on the home computer became common place. And now, making a playlist is as easy as a few clicks of a mouse in iTunes or some other music management software.
Back in the day, I would create mix tapes for car rides, to listen to in my Walkman when hanging out, and for when I would exercise (nothing like an energetic mix to help you make it through a long walk or run – there was that one fall that I ran cross-country in high school). As the years have evolved, my playlist creation has been expanded to playlists for yoga classes I teach, home practice, and, although not so recently, for my time on the elliptical machine at the gym. I have so much fun going through my collection of music and picking seemingly random songs that I feel go together really well. Last week’s playlist had the Lion King theme, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, right after Lady Gaga’s The Edge of Glory.
So being the week before Halloween, I decided that this week’s playlists would have a Halloween theme to them. Really though, how could they not? I themed my playlists around July 4th in a similar fashion. And I cannot wait until I can use my holiday playlists. I faced the challenge this time to strike a balance between the darker and lighter sides of Halloween, hence the wide range of musical selections. Here’s my core playlist – 75 minutes – for Halloween:
|1||La valse des monstres||Yann Tiersen||Amélie (Sountrack from the Motion Picture)|
|2||The Sorcerer’s Apprentice||Leopold Stokowski & The Philadelphia Orchestra||Fantasia|
|3||Overture||Addams Family Orchestra||The Addams Family (Soundtrack from the Musical) [Bonus Track Version]|
|4||This Is Halloween||Panic! At the Disco||Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)|
|5||Thriller||Michael Jackson||The Essential Michael Jackson|
|6||Time Warp||Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien||The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)|
|7||Whatever Happened to Saturday Night? (Glee Cast Version)||Glee Cast||Glee: The Music – The Rocky Horror Glee Show|
|8||Once Bitten, Twice Shy||Lori Chacko||Elvira’s Gravest Hits|
|9||Haunted House||Elvira||Elvira’s Gravest Hits|
|10||Monster Mash||Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers||The Original Monster Mash|
|11||Thriller / Heads Will Roll (Glee Cast Version)||Glee Cast||Glee: The Music, Vol. 5|
|12||Oogie Boogie’s Song||Danny Elfman||Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)|
|13||Devil’s Arcade||Bruce Springsteen||Magic|
|14||Wanted Dead Or Alive||Bon Jovi||Slippery When Wet|
|15||Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 “Fate”: I. Allegro con Brio||London Symphony Orchestra & Josef Krips||The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music|
|16||Bewitched||Knightsbridge||100 Hits: TV Themes|
|17||End Title||Danny Elfman||Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)|
|18||Great Pumpkin Waltz||Vince Guaraldi Trio||Charlie Brown Holiday Hits|
What’s in your Halloween playlist? Do you like to do themed playlists around the holidays for your workouts? Any song recommendations that I should think about going into Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy listening!