Thursday, October 4, 2012

October! Where have I been?? Here's where I'll be:

Hello my dear folks! It seems like I have been gone forever! Now that I have a moment to breathe , it is time to catch you up on the happenings of your Guide of the Blog-o-sphere!

Our lil family was able to save up and get a new computer for all Borg needs (that's what my hubby calls my connection to the internets) alas we have had connectivity issues for the last couple months. Our apartment comes with free WiFi but somehow spooky old limestone and brick mansions do not make the best for those wayward signals. We finally adjusted our budget and got a mobile hotspot from our phone service and here I am! I have a spooky Ouija story I had been working and reworking on for you dear readers. One of maybe a handful of times I have ever used one. It needed a little further working on from one computer to the next, so I hope to get that out in the next couple days.

Speaking of signals, I turned the Wifi on my phone and opened a maps app. The signal actually showed the blue dot wandering in the walking court just outside my house. The Walking path of a certain nieghbourhood ghost.. coincidence or ???

Which leads me to other app I found for my phone through the Google Play feature (I am sure they must have it for you Apple folks in your iTunes market) It is called "The Ghost Speaker" (c) by Krugism. The Ghost Speaker works like Ovilus , which you may have seen on some Ghost Hunting type shows where it take the EMF reading of your environment and turns it into words. I like to just turn it on and see what comes up. Sometimes it isn't so random and that's the fun part. It's quite inspiring and a lot of the reviews by actual ghost hunters using it on investigations seems very promising. I have other plans for this app actually that are inspired by it but not necessarily it's intended purpose. I think it could be more of a inspiration for the writing of stories and songs...

Which leads into my next topic of catch! For those who may just know this blogger as a writer of "spooky things that happened to me" may not know that for the last 20 years or so I have spent a bulk of time as a professional musician, namely a singer. I have been lucky enough to get to create and craft great music with really talented folks. In the last several months I have been afforded a nice break from the constant gigging that I have been doing since my teen years! Wow , being almost 40 and realizing that I have spent all that time on a stage somewhere singing my heart out is something that makes my head spin a little bit. The only other break I took was for 1 month in 2008 when I got my tonsils removed and had to be silent to heal. This current break is more a scheduling challenge. My husband and I have played music together in bands since our re-meeting at a band rehearsal in 2004, we had our first child in 2011 and living in an new town where we don't know anyone makes gigging together a little hard with a now mobile toddler. Previously we took shows where we could take her along, either strapped to my chest where she could be sung to sleep with a full band (with proper ear protection, of course) or sitting in the lap of a family member  watching Mum sing or play Theremin or Flute.
Sketch of my band & I (and baby!) by Suzanne Forbes

So what pray tell does Music have to do with Spooky Ghost stories? Well the Beyond is the inspiration for a long underground music project of mine which technically for the next scheduled performance is a "solo" project. Not that there isn't room for other folks, especially my multi talented family, should my toddler like to join at some point and my hubby is a much more prolific and talented songwriter then myself. 

This project is called "The Wazzoo Sound" ( )   which includes myself and my crafted just for me Theremin and a various Spiritual Mediums in the form of Antique phonographs. I figured since you can put on a disk, preferably at 78 rpm and through a needle and reproducer, hear the words from the dead: Cole Porter for example, then technically my phonographs can be Mediums. I play a long dead tune and write a part for it on my Theremin and I have connected with the past.  Here is a pic of me dresses as a phantom Hitchhiker (a ghost!) playing my Theremin for the rock opera by the Slow Poisoner called "Lost Hills" you can get the record here :

photo by Shannon Friend

Now if you are in the Midwest on Nov. 17th I will be performing this at the Time Travelers Ball in Ohio. More info here:

Now unto local to Louisville Ghostly happenings:

I have written about my spooky neighbourhood before and how we celebrate the fact we are one of America's most haunted 'Hoods and cities. With Louisville's history alone spawning book after book by our beloved and talented local Authour's, come October we gather together for a little street theatre and retelling the tales of our beloved passed on residents. David Domine, whom I have mentioned previously as my fave Authour on the subject (as well as yummy cookbooks!) along with director Ron Harris have created a seriously fun, informative and spooky good time. Ron ,who you might has spied in Law and Order along with his actress wife Jane, are the creators of the Old Louisville Candy Company. They make those delicious bourbon "Happy Balls" given out  to our guests on our on regular Ghost Walks , which are oh so very yummy, they are truly haunting..(oh yes I just went there didn't I?)

For 3 days around Halloween Oct. 26th, 27th & 28th from 7-9 pm you can go on the tour and see live actors portray the bygone (or is it really?) era and get a taste of what makes our 'Hood so special. Then for those with a real taste for the supernatural there is a special fund raiser for our beloved Congrad-Caldwell House (it really is more of a Castle!) for its upkeep on Sat. Oct 27th. The Spirit Ball! There will be Victorian Seances! Card readers, music and food. In a haunted Castle! Here are some links:

Victorian Ghost Walk Tickets:

Oh did I mention "yours truly" will be performing the role of a famous resident Mystic Romany, Madame Zanskaya? 

There is no lack of fun stuff in my 'Hood, currently they are setting up tables outside my door for the most famous St. James Art Show which is happening this weekend: 
My losing entry for the Poster Contest. The woodwork on the top is from the inside of the Congrad-Calwell House. I probably blinded my nieghbour judges!

Artists from all over the country come to sell their wares and I heard local Brewery Against The Grain will be there! Cool, since it is literally in our front yard we will be there. 

For folks that feel that locals are not as represented these days since the clotheslines of the yesteryear's there is the Mag Bar's Unfair Faire which is just outside the faire where you can find more what "Keeps Louisville Weird" I certainly want to hit up both events!

I hoped to have some goodies to sell but honestly, I am trying to pair down my workaholic nature and  concentrate on the aforementioned performances.

Last but not least, this little lady went back to school! I am attending Crossroad's University:  where I am learning : Foundations in Southern Rootwork, Foundations in New Orleans Voodoo, Indian Spirit Hoodoo, The Spiritual Traditions Of Marie Laveaux,
and Doll Baby Conjure.  I have been having so much fun learning how to make Dolls in the traditional way, including scouring Central Park in the night for sticks (which is getting me an interesting reputation in my nieghbourhood btw) and telling people that I am studying African American and Native American History. Which is not a fib but an easier way of trying to explain to folks what I am studying. The cool thing is that folks will often remark that they have heard of the school, which is pretty nifty, is there a lot more folks like myself out here then I know? Maybe we'll see each other in the cemeteries putting out our coin offerings to the dirt we are collecting?

Well that's all for catch up! Please take a look see at all those links and come hang out if you are in the area, now onto rehearsing and homework and getting that blog done. Thanks for reading! 

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