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Face it: we’re fascinated by ghosts. Especially this time of year, during the season of Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Whether as metaphors or as intimations of our mortality, you don’t need to necessarily believe in ghosts to appreciate them. These ten songs and CDs represent a variety of styles, from somber to playful, from traditional to experimental. But they all share a sure sense of artistry that deals with the dead, the dying, or things departed.

1. Furry Sings the Blues (song) — Joni Mitchell. In this song about an old blues singer in Memphis, Mitchell is haunted by images of ghosts and a bygone era: “Bourbon laughter — ghosts — and history falls to parking lots and shopping malls.”

2. The Ghost of Tom Joad (song) — Bruce Springsteen. With the restrained, transparent arrangement and the whispery singing, Springsteen conjures Steinbeck’s downtrodden character from The Grapes of Wrath.

3. Ghosts I-IV (CD) — Nine Inch Niles. In Trent Reznor’s first purely instrumental CD, released earlier this year, the music is built around ambient drones, simple piano figures and ghostly breathing.

4. Happy Phantom (song) — Tori Amos. A lyrical, lilting tune about coming back as a mischievous ghost: “and I’ll go chasing the nuns out in the yard.” Subtly arranged for piano and a dulcimer that’s played in the manner of a de-tuned fiddle.

5. Haunted (song) — Poe. The eerie arrangement evokes lyrics about being haunted by things from the past: “one more look at the ghost before I make it leave.”

6. Hotel California (song) — The Eagles. The ghostly hotel of the title serves as metaphor for the 1970s L.A. music industry. The choice of 12-string guitar for the intro, its strange sound evoking an instrument from another time, sets the perfect mood.

7. Hush, Hush, Hush (song) — Paula Cole, as performed by Herbie Hancock and Annie Lennox. In the Hancock/Lennox version of this song about a young man dying of AIDS (“skeleton, your eyes have lost their warmth”), the sombre tune opens up into flights of improvisatory jazz, the most beautiful and moving evocation of a soul being released that you’ll ever hear.

8. The Spectral Ships (CD) — Richard Bone. Richly introspective, ambient instrumental pieces that create the image of ghostly ships gliding silently across the water.

9. Twilight and Ghost Stories (CD) — Chris Schlarb. An experimental collage of nameless movements and numberless tracks with contributions by 50 artists. The music weaves together electronic noises, voices, field recordings and instruments. One critic describes it as “an evocation to memory.”

10. Thriller (song) — Michael Jackson. A campy voice-over by Vincent Price, a ground-breaking video and a great beat: what’s not to love? Given how the pop idol later used plastic surgery to reshape his face into something monstrous, the song was prescient… an example of life imitating art?

Source by Jon O’Bergh

Unlike human beings, bees cannot exchange by talking to each other or writing down some words. Even they do not use antenna. They are even deaf and cannot hear any voices. You may feel puzzled that they cannot communicate with each other but they always find the best flowers and work well in groups. Many scientists have done a lot of researches on the actions of bees and they were surprised to find that bees are really very clever. Read on, you will find how the bees communicate and exchange information with each other.

The bees have a special kind of language, they communicate by dancing. There are many kinds of bees in the world, but the most beneficial should be honeybees or hive bees. They usually live in hives. Each of the hives will have a queen who is responsible for creating more babies. And there are some drones and the majority of the bees are worker bees. Most of the communication happens among the worker bees. Every day, some worker bees will fly out to find the food source, when they find, they will fly back to tell others with the using of different types of dancing.

If the worker bees find a food source that is near the hive, they will fly back to the hive and perform a round dance. If they find the source that is far, they will make a waggle dance. The direction of the dance will be the direction of the source. For example, they may dance from right to left or left to right which shows the generally direction of the food source. And the total times of the dance will show the distance. The more times they dance, the further the source is. Sometimes, they will find a very good food source that is very rich; they will make the dance in higher speed. Otherwise, they will dance at lower speed.

Although the bees cannot make sounds or write, they create a special way of communicating with each other. Different bees may have different types of dances, and they establish a kind of specialty for their own species. You can also do some researches by yourself and you may find it quite interesting to observe their actions.

Source by Estelle J. Davis

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