Kristen Lawrence | A Broom With A View - from the Halloween Carols

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A Broom With A View - from the Halloween Carols

by Kristen Lawrence

A Trick-or-Treater's satchel of sweet Halloween music for elegant witches, fervid vampires, quirky kitties, maudlin ghosts, the contended sleeping dead, and head-banging pagans everywhere.
Genre: Rock: Goth
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1. Mostly Ghostly - Entrance Music
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2. A Broom With A View
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3. Souling Song - All Hallows Version
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7:56 $0.99
4. Souling Song - Samhain Version
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5. Dark Glass
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6. Cats In The Catacombs
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7. Sleeping Dust ("The Death Lullaby") - Ashes To Ashes Version
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8. Flappy Bat
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9. Vampire Empire
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10. A Broom With A View - Instrumental Version
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11. Cats In The Catacombs - Instrumental Version
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12. Vampire Empire - Instrumental Version
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13. Mostly Ghostly - Exit Music
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mostly Ghostly – A maudlin but mercurial ghost bemoans the lack of physical brains, wailing with a massive pipe organ.

A Broom With A View – The intriguing Halloween night sky invites a sensory-appreciating witch out for a joy ride on her broom. Organ, piano, and strings set this witch “ablaze” as she takes in the beauty and wonder of October.

Souling Song – All Hallows Version – Traditional English melody and lyrics about the practice of “souling” – offering prayers for people’s beloved departed in exchange for soul cakes. Arrangement and additional melodies by Kristen. Cathedral bells and organ ring out on “All Souls’ Day” (November 2) as the soulers go about this Christian custom.

Souling Song – Samhain Version – A different take on the traditional song, describing the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, where the dead were believed to visit the earth, accept food offerings, and share their magic. Arrangement, additional melodies, and new lyrics by Kristen. Drums, organ, electric guitar and bass, and voices dance together like wild pagans around a Samhain bonfire.

Dark Glass – Written about a mesmerizing dream Kristen had with surreal Halloween imagery. Windy sounds and distant voices set against organ and strings give the impression of floating through the sky.

Cats In The Catacombs – A xylophone-bone-clinking romp with organ and piano where cats lurking around the catacombs get “spooked to poofs of nerves and fur.” Featuring a feline-esque cello.

Sleeping Dust (“The Death Lullaby”) – Ashes To Ashes Version – A sweet, plaintive lullaby about death to sing to the dead or the living. Organ, piano, celesta, and humming take us from simple beginnings to simple endings with a world of intensity in between.

Flappy Bat – Mostly Ghostly – A maudlin but mercurial ghost bemoans the lack of physical brains, wailing with a massive pipe organ.

A Broom With A View – The intriguing Halloween night sky invites a sensory-appreciating witch out for a joy ride on her broom. Organ, piano, and strings set this witch “ablaze” as she takes in the beauty and wonder of October.

Souling Song – All Hallows Version – Traditional English melody and lyrics about the practice of “souling” – offering prayers for people’s beloved departed in exchange for soul cakes. Arrangement and additional melodies by Kristen. Cathedral bells and organ ring out on “All Souls’ Day” (November 2) as the soulers go about this Christian custom.

Souling Song – Samhain Version – A different take on the traditional song, describing the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, where the dead were believed to visit the earth, accept food offerings, and share their magic. Arrangement, additional melodies, and new lyrics by Kristen. Drums, organ, electric guitar and bass, and voices dance together like wild pagans around a Samhain bonfire.

Dark Glass – Written about a mesmerizing dream Kristen had with surreal Halloween imagery. Windy sounds and distant voices set against organ and strings give the impression of floating through the sky.

Cats In The Catacombs – A xylophone-bone-clinking romp with organ and piano where cats lurking around the catacombs get “spooked to poofs of nerves and fur.” Featuring a feline-esque cello.

Sleeping Dust (“The Death Lullaby”) – Ashes To Ashes Version – A sweet, plaintive lullaby about death to sing to the dead or the living. Organ, piano, celesta, and humming take us from simple beginnings to simple endings with a world of intensity in between.

Flappy Bat – The old Samhain bonfires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats. In medieval times, burning witches at the stake attracted bats for the same reason, deepening the Halloween association. This carol’s vocal duet and patterns in the strings sound like the flapping wings of bats.

Vampire Empire – A saucy invitation from a vampire to a mortal to become one of the blood-hungry undead. A majestic organ and wicked harpsichord waltz together while two kick drums thump like heartbeats.


Vampire Empire – A saucy invitation from a vampire to a mortal to become one of the blood-hungry undead. A majestic organ and wicked harpsichord waltz together while two kick drums thump like heartbeats.


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Greg Shoop

If you love Halloween, You'll love this CD.
I do a yard display each Halloween and while looking for new music for my display I stumbled on Kristen's music. It's fun yet haunting without the typical screaming of most Halloween CDs. Kristen voice is haunting on it's own but when added to the music it's perfect music for Halloween. I particularly like Mostly Ghostly, A Broom with a View, Cats In The Catacombs, and Flappy Bat. Her other CD Arachnitect, is also wonderful.

Jake Morphonios

Hauntingly Beautiful Music!
I've been listening to Kristen's music for a few years now. It tastes delicious - like candy apples from a Fall Carnival. It is hauntingly beautiful and it always puts me in the mood, not only for Halloween, but for the entire Fall season. She is an amazing lyricist and her music is appropriate for Halloween fans of all ages. My children enjoy "Flappy Bat" and also "Cats in the Catacombs", which features special lyrics by Kristen's cat, Molly. "Souling Song" is my personal favorite; I can almost feel the spirits dancing in glee to it! We listen to Kristen's music year-round. If you like the feeling of crisp, chilly Autumn air, the sounds of Fall leaves crackling during long walks or the smell of yummy pumpkin pies then you will truly enjoy the music of Kristen Lawrence!