With Halloween approaching, I did a search on Spotify for songs with the title, “Ghost Train.” This wasn’t a good idea. I think I found about 100 songs, most of which sucked. Well, actually, most didn’t quite rise to the level of suckitude, but many were pretty boring and unoriginal. Styles ranged from high-school-performance-grade-classical to rockabilly to bluegrass to country to California garage punk to Japanese punk-pop to dubstep to electronica. Then of course there were the kitschy, made-for-Halloween songs. Some were quite catchy. But this took up a lot of my time.
I was confused. Do I create a playlist of 50-plus marginally interesting songs? Try to pick something artistically interesting that nobody’s ever heard of? Hell no. Not on a new blog that I’m trying to build a readership for. Maybe I’ll do some of that other stuff next year. My decision was made all the easier by the lack of quality (or even watchable) videos on YouTube.
I decided to go with a little-known song by a pretty popular band. Ghost Train was from the same album as Counting Crows’ big hit, Mr. Jones, but I’d never listened to it before.
It’s a good song and I found two good videos of it, each with its own mood. You have to sit through a short, crappy ad for the first one (sorry), but I think it’s worth it just for the opening guitar solo.
The second video is from more of an acoustic set in Germany over a decade earlier than the first. It’s slower, spookier, and fun. Like I said, I didn’t know this song before, but I like it now.