Monday, July 19, 2010

Creepy Songs

This post should be read after the clock strikes 12.

Gloomy Sunday is probably the best known creepy song.  Legends have it that the original version was cursed, something about there being a subliminal message in the Hungarian lyrics and that people would kill themselves after listening to it on a bad day.   Here is Bille Holiday's cover, which, people say, does not carry the dark magic.

夜夜痴纏 is a Hong Kong's answer to the Gloomy Sunday.  Said to have been banned in the 80's following some strange occurrences to the DJs who were stupid enough to play it after mid-night.

I do not find 夜夜痴纏 creepy.  If there is a creepy Cantonese song, it is this one:

This must be the most creepy Bach of all. BTW, whether or not you believe that there is a memorial to Bach's wife hidden in it, this rendering of the Chaconne is deeply affecting.  BBC review of the Morimur here.

And, there is nothing more creepy than this: a 7-year-old playing a Paganini Caprice. (The lovely little girl got accepted by Julliard School and became the school's youngest student after playing Paganini Caprice No. 24, Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5 and Bach Sonata No.1 in front of Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Clapp.  Here is her short biography)

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