Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Easy Listening for the Uneasy


from Kath Rutledge from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

What kind of music do you like to hear when you’re shopping? If you’ve ever been in the Weaver’s Cat, you know we play a fairly wide variety of background music. Ardis likes to put on classical music when she opens the shop for the day. Debbie opens with soft rock instrumentals some days and blue grass others. I lean towards reels, jigs, and airs, but sometimes go for mellow jazz.  We don’t usually play anything jarring or dissonant, though, because of course we want to set the mood for a comfortable, cozy shopping experience for those who knit, crochet, embroider, weave – for fiber enthusiasts of all stripes (and for those who like to knit, crochet, embroider, and weave in stripes, too).

Speaking of music for knitting, did you know that Icelandic composer, Hafdís Bjarnadóttirin, wrote a piece of music, called “Thordis’ Fichu, row 1-12,” that's based on a knitting pattern? I love that!

What I don’t love is the moaning I sometimes here in the shop in addition to our background music. The general understanding is that whoever is working the sales counter gets to choose the music. Or whoever feels strongly enough about changing the selection. Of course, this leaves Geneva out. Geneva is the ghost in the shop, and sadly she isn’t the kind of ghost who can manipulate objects. She is the kind of ghost who moans about that, though. And she’s also the kind of ghost who tries to manipulate the person in her life (in her death, as she likes to remind me) into putting on the music she wants to listen to. Which I often do, because it makes her happy and she has reasonably good taste. And because we’re friends, so why wouldn’t I?

What does a ghost like to listen to? I asked her to give me the names of five of her favorites for the people reading the blog. It was her idea to find links so you can hear them. So here it is, your guide to Easy Listening for the Uneasy. Enjoy!

Ghost, Stevie Nicks (this one surprised me, but I’m glad she likes it)
Ghost Riders in the Sky, Johnny Cash (Geneva LOVES this one)
Ghosts of Cape Horn, Gordon Lightfoot (makes Geneva seasick, ugh)
Graceful Ghost Rag, William Bolcom (my favorite – I love watching Geneva listen to it)

Do you sense a theme? But Geneva is always up for listening to something new (and I am, too, believe me), so if you have any suggestions for her, let us know in a comment by noon EST, Thursday 2/25. We’ll pick one name at random to receive a copy of one of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries.



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48 comments:

  1. How Not To Be Surprised When You're A Ghost by Charlotte Church.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Thanks! I'll find it and play it for her and see what she thinks.

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  2. Ghost by Ella Henderson
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I don't like to listen to music when I shop. I like to get in, buy what I need and get out.

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  4. To continue the theme,how about Ghost in the Wind? Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Ok, not a ghost themed song, but Uptown Funk really gets me moving in my seat.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. Great suggestion. She loves the movie mash-ups set to Uptown Funk!

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  6. I think classical music is a perfect choice for soothing while looking at books. Love your mysteries & I would love a chance to win one. Thanks. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  7. A good song walking in Memphis it's a good country song and a ghost of Elvis is seen mama2bulls@gmail.com

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    1. Of course! She'll love it. She loves Elvis, too. Thanks!

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  8. Love Ghost Riders in the Sky! Back in the late 70's I had attended an Native American arts show. There was the perfect picture for Ghost riders in the Sky. I thought it has been based on the song. I asked the NA attending and they had never heard of the song! They were traditionalists and made their own music. His grandfather had painted it, inspired by a dream he had while camping. He also painted an eagle in flight with the moon as a backdrop. He saw the eagle in flight and painted it after that same camping trip. I bought the one of the horse racing across the clouds. Had to have it. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  9. Unchained Melody covered by The Righteous Brothers, the theme of what must be a favorite movie (Ghost).

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  10. She has really good music taste. Ghost Riders in the Sky is a wonderful piece of music.
    suefarrell.farrell@hmail.com

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  11. I am unable to keep up with the theme, but The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by Vince Guiraldi would cheer Geneva up when she gets moody

    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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    1. This is a really nice suggestion, Jody. Thank you!

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  12. Ghost in the Wind is another good one, but I agree with Geneva - Ghost Riders in the Sky is great! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I hate to say it, but this might scare her. Geneva is actually afraid of ghosts (bless her heart). Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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  13. Flight of the Bumblebee always puts me in a good mood.

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    1. Ha! I'll play it for her and see what she thinks. Bet she loves it!

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  14. if You Have Ghost by Ghost. Definitely something new for Geneva but I love it when I'm crafting!

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    1. I'll look for that. Thanks for the suggestion, Cathy!

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  15. Great question. I have to check with my musical husband and see what he thinks of.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. Like Ghost Riders in the Sky. Enjoy books with resident ghosts. Would love to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Ghost Song by Ella Henderson. Love this fascinating post. Lovely cozies. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh - good one. Geneva will like that. Thanks!

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  18. Unchained Melody. Ghost cozies are captivating. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great suggestion. I'm not sure she's seen the movie. Hmmm. Maybe a movie night is called for.

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  19. I do like Ghost Riders in the Sky. The music from a Ghostbusters movie. Enjoying the post and looking forward to getting to know Geneva even better. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  20. I like '80's music so Air Supply is good for easy listening.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Ghost of the Navigator - Iron Maiden by is one of my favorites. I can't wait to meet Geneva. utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. I think Geneva will like it, but it might be a little raucous for the shop. I'll play it for her up in the attic. Thanks!

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  22. An interesting one from an earlier time: Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra, “Ghost of the Blues” I think Geneva will like it a lot.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. You're right, Elaine. She'll love this. I think Geneva would have made a good flapper. Thanks!

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  23. What about the musical score to the movie GHOST!!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. I love the "oldies"! Anything by The Carpenters, Roger Whittaker or Happy Chapan.
    servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  25. First off I love Geneva. I can see her floating around in her upstairs room. Well I think she would really like waltzes fro the soul, a utube video/music I listen to. I thank you for the giveaway. I have not read Knot the Usual Suspects, looks really good. Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  26. How about listening to some of Scott Joplin's rags for something different? cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. Always a good choice! Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. I love this. I made a playlist called "haunted" on Spotify for all songs to fit a Melancholy sad mood. It's perfect for a ghost ! I put music from movies like the soundtrack of Ghost Whisperer long beauitfully sad melodies I love this series .

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    1. Nice idea! I could do that for Geneva. Glad you like the series.

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  28. "Riding With Private Malone" by David Ball

    https://youtu.be/gh1m0eC1004

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    1. Geneva will love this one, Brenda! I wonder if Aaron Carlin knows it - he and Angie would knock it out of the ballpark. Thanks!

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