Halloween Soundscape, Dark Ambient Music for Halloween

A reminder for Halloween about my (Gymshoes) Halloween Soundscape album. With Halloween tomorrow, as you’re reading spooky stories, decorating, and preparing to unsettle unwary trick-or-treaters, grab some Halloween Soundscape tracks to set the mood. This isn’t some cheesy sound effects album—this is something you can listen to! 😀 I’ve piped it outside on Halloween night (gave the trick or treaters goosebumps), played it in the background inside, curled up reading a scary book with Halloween Soundscape on the stereo. It’s an evocative Halloween soundtrack for whatever your plans are. You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes Music site. Halloween Soundscape is available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody and mySpace Music.

If you already have my Halloween Soundscape album don’t forget to share the links above with your friends!

Here’s a playlist of a couple of videos I did for Halloween Soundscape. Note: The actual track for “The Witching Time” is much longer than the music in the video.) Track length is one of the things that makes Halloween Soundscape such a bargain: the tracks are long, but album price is set based on the number of tracks, not the length of the album, so it’s a steal. 🙂

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30 October

Ebook Tie-in to “Incandescent Life”

One of songs recorded by Undead Monkey features in the novella, Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod by Ainy Rainwater, who is also known as Gymshoes, the songwriter. A number of my backlist books are now in print as ebooks, including the aformentioned book which includes a number of song lyrics. As this is an older book, not many of the songs I was writing at the time I wrote the book were songs I was still playing at the time I formed the band. But “Incandescent Life” is one. You can stream it or download it from the sidebar (or from archive.org). The ebook, Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords and other ebookstores. You can find my ebooks (at present there are four ebooks available) by searching “Ainy Rainwater” in your favorite ebookstore.

About the Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod:

This whimsical short novel is a story about choices, about what happens (for better or worse) when people step off the beaten path. Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod journey through a fantastic, allegorical American Southwest accompanied—or led—by totem animals or spirit guides. At first they both seem to be finally escaping the life of an older “career” student, but the apparently chance finding of a discarded letter initiates a quest to find out what happened to a pair of lovers, Joan and Karl, thirty years earlier—a story which increasingly resonates with Joshua and Sheri.

Along the way they meet ghosts, sad machines, baffling art, mirages, mysterious figures in a literally petrified forest, a hostel for lost souls, and a cafe for lost dreams as they search for what happened to Joan who ventured off the beaten path a generation earlier. Instead of a travel journal, Joshua writes stories in his notebook, creating interrelated allegories which are as real as the strange world they travel through. It is a journey both inward and outward as Joshua and Sheri are both in their own way “lost souls” navigating the shifting sands between odd cities in a world which is magical, futuristic, and anachronistic, but recognizable because there is an underlying truth to it. In flashbacks we see that being adrift is for both of them uniquely tied to their drive. What—if anything—can finally anchor them?

As mysterious encounters and the discovery of clues, artifacts and magical objects increase it begins to look like the universe is trying to tell them something…or perhaps Joan is…

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For more Gymshoes music (while you’re waiting for new Undead Monkey music) see GymshoesMusic.com. For more about me and my ebooks (and a little bit of everything else) check out A Truant Disposition, my author website. 😀

Getting the things done for the four ebooks to be published has taken a lot of time, but I now hope to be doing more Undead Monkey music soon!

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5 August

Sella-relevance

Many years ago I wrote a song about the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, called “The Sellafield Bakery”. It was recorded and released as part of Life and Death. You can stream it in the sidebar. Today it’s been announced that the MOX plant is closing in the wake of the Fukushima disaster/crisis in Japan. Though the song pre-dates this particular plant on the Sellafield site, you can read my original post about how I came to write it which is, really, the most relevant thing about the song. If you’re curious about the whole Sellafield-thing, browse the entry in Wikipedia. The section on environment and health issues is particularly relevant to the song as it contains details on the incidents that have sparked protests—and also problem areas (eg: “Dirty Thirty”) which will need clean-up and can continue to impact the environment in the future. Wikipedia also has a section on other artists that have written music about Sellafield or been involved in protests (which I haven’t). I’ve never been involved in the movement to close the plant: the song was inspired by people who were involved, which now that I think about it is sort of odd inspiration. I still really like the song, but it’s only ever been played “live” for friends because most people in America have never heard of this particular environmental issue on the other side of the pond. I can’t even claim that I’m particularly knowledgeable about it, but it makes a good song. As someone who writes fiction as well as songs, there is always the attraction of a good narrative device, a good story. Though, of course, in this case the whole point is that there is nothing good about it and the lovely lullaby-like nature of the music contrasts with darkness found in the lyrics.

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3 August

Moving the blog

Though we’ve had a domain name for a while, the blog hasn’t actually been located here. The content has been hosted by wordpress.com, which is where the blog started. I framed the wordpress blog to tie it to the domain a year or so ago. Now I’ve moved everything to the domain site, having exported/imported what’s there to here. If you followed this on a feed before today, your feed will go dead when I delete this blog from wordpress.com—which I will do after I’ve looked everything over carefully, and made sure I didn’t leave behind anything important. So you’ll need to re-add it to your feedreader from here. Sorry for the inconvenience; it’s just another step in in making Undead Monkey more undead. 🙂

The appearance of the site will change in the next week or so depending on how much time I have to fix up the theme I want to use and I’ll probably try out a few themes along the way.

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9 March

Undead Monkey on Facebook

Hi everyone! I’ve hit the ground running in this new year by finishing up the  Facebook Page for Undead Monkey music. 🙂

http://www.facebook.com/Undead-Monkey

If you have a Facebook profile, click through and become a Fan! 🙂 There’s streaming music as well as a discography. This blog is imported to the Facebook page so you won’t miss any news. I expect to also post some notes there that won’t be elsewhere. You can post all over the place…besides comments to notes, drop in and write on my Wall or participate in (start!) discussions on the Forum. 🙂 Become a Fan and post to your friends so they can become fans too. 🙂

(I’ve also got a Facebook Page for my solo Gymshoes music)

See you on Facebook! 🙂

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26 January

Happy Holidays: It's snowing in cyberspace

That’s right, we’ve got snow on the blog until January 4th. It’s a cool WordPress option. Really stands out against this dark theme. 😯 At least it melts quickly. 😆

Undead Monkey wishes you, your friends, and your family an exuberant uplifting holiday season. 😀

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8 December

Undead Monkey again looking for a drummer

We are once again looking for a drummer. See original post for info. The only things I’d add to that are: we aren’t interested in anyone who is already in a band, unless they really are leaving it. We’ve twice gotten stuck by musicians who are not fully committed to this band. Secondly, rehearsals are not optional. If you don’t have time for the band, don’t answer the ad. I hate to sound all scary and negative, but the band’s ad for a drummer really is pretty upbeat (pun intended). 😉 I think I just set a record for linking to an earlier post. 😆

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15 October

The Undead and Ike

Hurricane Ike scattered the Undead, but we are alive and well. The power outtages, damage and debris throughout the Houston area have meant that we’re doing “hurricane stuff” and not music stuff. But we’re OK and hope to be back rehearsing as soon as we can dig out and plug in again. 🙂

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23 September

Welcome our new drummer, Eon

We now have a new drummer…..give a big Undead Welcome to Eon. The jam session/rehearsal Saturday was just awesome. 🙂 He isn’t just monkeying around! 😉

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27 August

Undead on the Web

With the conversion of the Undead Monkey to a live local band, we’ve now gone live with our own domain name: theundeadmonkey.com. Click it and you get….this blog. 😀 This very same blog. This gives us a bigger tree to swing from, a few more options, and a whiff of legitimacy. So bookmark it; it’s our new home. 🙂

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22 July