Friday, October 15, 2010


Ichabod Crane, Respectfully Dedicated to Washington Irving. William J. Wilgus
As a kid, one of the main Halloween sries that made a real impression was the story of the superstitious, self-absorbed Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Living in the middle of sunny California, the hills and woods and creepy oldness of the legend was fascinating. My mother was a transplant from the East Coast and it seemed like a story that linked to her own history, so it seemed more personal than something irrational like zombies or man-made monsters. As we would Trick or Treat, it was always the houses with pumpkin-headed scarecrows that would send shivers down my spine.

So in honor of the legend, I dedicate the Halloween songs of the day to the Headless Horseman.

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