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Where’s the spooky music? Brainy Tunes releases The Chills: Creepy Songs for Courageous Kids


Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and the Goosebumps series prove that kids love almost anything that goes bump in the night. But when it comes to music, each Halloween we hear the same songs written decades ago: Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Put a Spell on You. Oakland, CA. singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe is out to change that with his new CD, THE CHILLS: Creepy Songs for Courageous Kids.

Marlowe got his start in kids’ music as the leading songwriter for The Learning Company (Reader Rabbit, Dora the Explorer, Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?). He’d released three award-winning CDs on his own Brainy Tunes label before he had a revelation. “I was playing a charity concert last October and tried out a song I’d just written for Halloween called ‘Haunting School’. The kids insisted I play it three times in succession. Then I pulled out a song called ‘Ghost Story’, which I’d written for my first punk band twenty years earlier. They went nuts!”

Marlowe soon went to work on The Chills, an imaginary ensemble of monsters he describes as “an undead version of The Village People.” The new CD got a boost when it drew praise from horror icon Lemony Snicket himself: "If you want to frighten yourself and everyone nearby into fits of desperate, anguished laughter, listen to this music. Of course, I do not understand why you would want to do such a thing.” Readers can hear The Chills and decide for themselves at



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