The Underserved Holiday…

You’ve probably done the Monster Mash since you were in diapers. It’s one of those songs that seems to creep into the collective psyche, being unearthed every 12 months. These often start out as Top 40 songs (the Monster Mash hit #1 in 1962) and then come back year after year after year after year after year…

As far as novelty songs go, Halloween is an underserved holiday. It has so much potential, but the list of songs is short, Welcome to my Nightmare, Ghostbusters, Dead Man’s Party, Werewolves of London, and of course…

So, are you ready to flood the market with Halloween songs? Robin Frederick wrote an article on writing Christmas songs (NOT an underserved holiday), which offers some good advice. In essence, a successful song taps into what the songwriter loves most about the holiday. If you are wild about zombies, find a great rhyme for “rotting flesh.” If you love vampires (shiny or matte), write about nibbling someone’s neck. Whatever you write about, make sure you love it. Next week I’m going to talk about the role video plays in music. Take Michael Jackson’s lead and partner with someone who can make a video that will make your song go viral, every year… Oh, and Happy Halloween!

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