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Here we are, on the eve of another Halloween. What is this holiday about?

We have conditioned our children to think that Halloween is about costumes, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns and haunted houses.  Even some adults get off on Halloween by dressing up.


Others dress up their homes.

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Some go to parties. Others throw parties in their homes. Some throw off their clothes at parties. Some even do it in streets.


At times, Elizabeth and I have done it, too.  Acting uninhibited on Halloween, that is.  

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Such as two years ago when we went native and wore our Hawaiian “skin costumes”…

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Some hide behind a mask because they feel they can get away with things they would never do openly. (Natural-born nutcases don’t need a mask. Just look at Elizabeth and me… 🙂 ).

Why do people do all these crazy things on Halloween? Because it is fun to pretend once in a while to be someone you are not. Halloween is an open masquerade ball for all, not just the kids.

But not this year.  This year, my Halloween treat for all of you will be the “Phantom of the Opera.” It is a gift of music created by a man who wore a mask because he was ashamed of his looks. He thought his facial disfigurement would deprive him of affection of a beautiful woman with whom he was in love.

In the end, he proved that the power of love and music can overcome any physical handicaps. In the end, the Phantom won the heart of the young Christine using the alchemy of music.  His love, coaching and musical mastery transformed a mere chorus girl into an operatic diva (click here for plot synopsis).


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This Halloween inspiration  came to me this past Sunday as I “doodled” on my new Clavinova keyboard. Suddenly, I was hearing the sounds of the “Phantom of the Opera.”  I first heard it and recorded it in Dec 2008.  And again in May 2010. Only this time, I was able to reproduce the theme melody using various orchestral voices. Which I eventually resulted in this, my third, recording of my “Phantom of the Opera” rendition. 

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And now, here are also my two earlier recordings of the “Phantom of the Opera:”

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The “Phantom” in black and white… 🙂

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And two earlier versions of the “Phantom.” Finally, the Gemini-Yin-Yang Phantom…

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