Archive for music

Sir Mix A Lot Performs “Baby Got Back” With the Seattle Symphony

Posted in humor, music, video with tags , , on June 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Okay, this is not typical SWS fare, but I feel everyone should be able to enjoy this little orchestral hip hop celebration. I’m this song stirs a bit of nostalgia in my fellow children of the 80’s and 90’s. The “backup dancers” from the audience seem to be having the time of their lives!

Salut Salon “Wettstreit Zu Viert”

Posted in music, video with tags , on May 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This video has been making the rounds online lately, with good reason.

I cannot even fathom the meticulous, pervasive talent it takes to make some of these things happen. How these girls stay oriented to execute a flawless musical performance is beyond me. Watch:

Madison Chase Music

Posted in music, music video with tags , on March 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I often get emails from artists and businesses (who clearly haven’t read the blog) asking for promotion. But recently I was surprised by a heartfelt personal note from a lovely young woman, sharing her music with me.

I confess, I thought “Oh no…this girl is such a sweetheart…what am I going to say if the music is terrible?”

But guess what? Madison Chase belongs on SWS (and in anyone’s collection of dark cabaret for that matter)! If I were to have an automatic piece of music playing when my blog page opens, this would be quite appropriate:

Her songs are a soundtrack for eying shelves of broken dolls in a forgotten antique store, or for the greatest tea party…in hell. These are the lullabies discarded toys sweetly sing to each other through cracked lips.

Well, that’s my version. But here’s the official word:

Madison Chase is a North Carolina based musician. Her genre has been referred to as Creepy Pop, Circus Pop, and Chamber Pop and draws influence from classical, pop, industrial and jazz. Madison plays a variety of instruments and began studying piano at the age of six, and by twelve she had moved her focus to cello.

When you listen, take note of the fact that most of these songs came out when Madison was only *14*. I only wish I had been this cool at 14. I was still (begrudgingly) wearing clothes my mom picked out, trying to convince my friends to see horror movies, and staying up late to watch 120 Minutes and Headbangers Ball on MTV (they still played music back then. Yes, I’m that old).

Go check out the rest of her music HERE.

Thrice Sliced and Still Kickin’

Posted in announcement, humor, music with tags , , on March 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

One year ago, I was pretty certain my health couldn’t get worse. I was bed bound, unable to communicate via speech or typing, barely able to eat and unable to perform the simplest of tasks due to pain. That had to be the low point, right?


Well, on March 4th I woke up with stomach cramps. By the evening I was doubled over, choking back screams in the ER, until my CT scan revealed an intestinal perforation, requiring open surgery. They tried to delicately explain that the operation I was about to have is one of the worst procedures out there to recover from (even for someone without a CNS disorder that amplifies pain 100 fold). When they went in, they discovered such massive infection that I was mere hours away from going septic and losing my life. It still gets me misty eyed thinking of my father…and my dearest loved ones…getting that news.


I’ll skip details of the grueling recovery, because the point of this post is gratitude!

I didn’t die.

Nor did I die when they had to go in and do another emergency open surgery for scar tissue obstruction months later! Sheesh.

Nope, didn’t die then either.

After the second operation (which was actually my third major abdominal procedure), when I was painstakingly starting to get up and take my first few steps, I enlisted the help of my best friend and together we made a mini mix of inspiring 80’s “training montage” songs. A few selections:

So when I got up, I’d put my phone in my IV pole tray and have these songs playing as I ventured out into hospital hallways.

…a little much needed comic relief for everyone! It made the pain a tad more bearable to see the laughs, smiles and thumbs up from the staff and fellow patients as I slowly went by.

The past year has been the most astoundingly challenging, and most profoundly revelatory of my life. While pain still prohibits me from joining the land of the living quite yet, in many ways I am starting to heal from an “incurable” illness against all odds. You better believe I will continue that process until I am fully functional. Every little thing feels like a miracle despite the intense pain remaining. Eating, breathing, READING…you name it!

Some of you have been with this blog for the whole trajectory thus far, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s hoping that one year from now I will still be sharing arts and oddities, with the newfound freedom of one who has regained life and limbs! I must believe that each and every day, my strange miracle of recovery takes hold a little more.

This is a Trent Reznor Song

Posted in humor, music with tags , on January 31, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Let me preface this by saying NIN was one of my all time favorite bands and I still love [most of] Trent’s creations. I mean no disrespect, posting a parody.

In a fantastic tribute, Frederick Scott nailed the song writing process.



Or watch, with lyrics:

White Wine in the Sun: A Secular Christmas Carol

Posted in christmas, music, video with tags , , on December 24, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I think this song is absolutely gorgeous…

The closest people to me on this planet range from atheist to devoutly religious, to “quantumists” like me (who, without espousing organized religion or personified gods, believe that science and spirituality are one). We can ALL benefit from reminders of love and family, whether biological family, or the family we choose for ourselves.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Christopher Lee: Jingle Hell

Posted in christmas, music, tribute, video with tags , , , on December 22, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Christopher Lee has 276 film credits to his name, and at the age of 91 has just released his SECOND heavy metal Christmas treat (how was I remiss in posting the first one when I went nuts over it last year?).

He has a new single “Jingle Hell” out on A HeavyMetal Christmas Too (and the b-side is a cover of Sinatra’s “My Way!”)

This man is just remarkable. A perfect bellowing British voice, so awesome in his many roles. And metal records at 91!

His Christmas message talks about some projects and sends his best wishes.

BONUS: Christopher Lee reads The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Bones, Bones, (Bruised) Bones…

Posted in anatomy, announcement, music, video with tags , , , on November 4, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

After an arduous trip back to LA to stay with family, and a bunch of medical appointments to get through this week, gravity decided to have some fun and drop a large bottle on my foot, breaking my big toe [edit: turns out I have a bad bone bruise, but no cracks!].

Off to the hospital for X-rays. How awesome is that for someone in my condition? Don’t be jealous, folks. We can’t all be this lucky.

Here’s a great song about bones, while I’m gone today.

Got any other bone tunes?

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies Treat Bag #3

Posted in absurd, art, craft, ephemera, film, food, halloween, horror, humor, illustration, kitsch, macabre, monsters, music, oddities, postcards, retro, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Damn, right in the eye…


Sarcastic ghost is like “Boo…or whatever.”


Watched Poltergeist II the other day (great movie, but the first was awesome), and happened to pause for a break on this comical frame:


Oh, hell yes, haunted kitsch sweater!



Amazing pancakes (check out the one on the lower left…wow!):
pumpkin pancakes[5]


The inclusion of something that has eyes does NOT an eyeball make:

Oh, you think your pumpkin is scary? THIS is how they did it in early 20th Century Ireland.
raditional (and utterly terrifying) Halloween turnip jack-o-lantern carved in Ireland in the early 20th century. Note the horrifying teeth.


Ah, the 80’s…when movies had their own cheese-tastic rap theme songs. Take Monster Squad for example. What’s your favorite 80’s horror movie?



Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Halloween Countdown: Halloween Stomp Mix

Posted in halloween, music, vintage with tags , , on October 30, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Music for Maniacs posted a wonderful mix of vintage jazz, big band and other swinging haunted hits. It’s so much fun!

Download HERE.


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