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Jukebox Memoirs: The Wizard of Oz

Irish Heather Collins

Jason Sauls / OPB

Halloween is approaching and if you attend any kind of dance or party with music, you’re likely to hear some “spooky” staples: Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” “The Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” a track or two from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or countless others.

Popular music can definitely have some scary elements, be it the costumed antics of Kiss or Alice Cooper, the creepy voice work of Vincent Price in Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller,” or the gore and violence of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Music can be scary or frightening at any age, but often makes a more lasting impression if we first hear it as children. Irish Heather Collins of Portland says that when she was a child, she was frightened by the soundtrack of The Wizard of Oz — and she still believes there was a lot more going on than just lyrics and melodies in the music of the classic film.  

Hear Irish Heather Collins’ reflections by clicking on the audio player in the right sidebar and share your memories of scary music by posting a comment below.

Feature produced by Jason Sauls, Kate Clause and Sarah Weinberger


Do you have a favorite Halloween song? What music did you find frightening as a child — or even today?

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