Fear

Mood/Music Monday

Fear: (noun) an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.


I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween growing up as it was considered the devil's holiday. It was an odd logic for my child mind to comprehend. 364 days a year, God was in charge of the world as I knew it, but on Halloween, the devil reigned. Where did God go on this one day, and why was Satan given exclusive control of my life?

I was kept home from school, and not allowed to leave the house unless it was to attend a church function. Dressing up in a costume was forbidden, as was trick-or-treating. I was raised to fear this one particular day, to stay inside, to close the curtains, to hide. But how is fear to be overcome when one's way of dealing with it is to succumb to its very nature?

I believe we choose what we fear. Sometimes it's a thing, or a day, or a person, or what other people think of us. Sometimes it's even ourselves. But whatever it is, it's not going to go away unless we face it head on.

I believe we choose what we fear, which is why I choose to fear nothing.


Low
Witches

One night I got up and told my father
there were witches in my room
He gave me a baseball bat
and said here's what you do


Sufjan Stevens
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid


The Avett Brothers
Paul Newman vs The Demons

How many times must I
live through the past again?
No more


Radiohead
The Gloaming

Genie let out of the bottle
It is now the witching hour


The White Stripes
Little Ghost

Little ghost, little ghost
One I'm scared of the most
Can you scare me up a little bit of love?


Pedro the Lion
Never Leave A Job Half Done

Blood stains on the carpet
Blood stains on my hands
Drag her toward the kitchen
Hide the evidence


Margot & The Nuclear So And So's
Shivers (I've Got 'Em)

And your spine cracks
like a wine glass


Jeremy Messersmith
A Girl, A Boy, And A Graveyard

And I feel like I'm some kind of Frankenstein
Waiting for a shock to bring me back to life


The Decemberists
Shankhill Butchers

The Shankhill butchers ride tonight
You better shut your windows tight


Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
Tracy Jordan

It was a rocking werewolf zoo
at Temple Beth-Emmanuel