Posts Tagged ‘Bela Lugosi’

white-zombie-movie-poster-1932-1020199092Been battling a cold the last few days with all that comes with it– filled sinuses, sore throat, throbbing headaches and a now constant rattling cough that echos around my chest.  Nothing unusual, just one of those despicable three or four day affairs of misery we all go through every so often.

But, oddly enough, I have had a couple of very productive days in the studio.  I think sometimes my painting is best done when I don’t  ( or in this case, can’t) think too much about it and instead fall into a kind of trance where it is all instinct.  A weird kind of unfocused concentration that is all about constantly moving ahead with little distraction or thought.

Like a zombie relentlessly searching for fresh brains.

Zombie painter.

Which is a convenient segue into this week’s Sunday music selection.  Maintaining the zombie theme, I thought I’d bring out something from The Zombies, the 60’s British Invasion band who had really nice string of hits that have all survived well over the years and stand as iconic remnants of that era.  Songs like She’s Not There, Tell Her No and this week’s song, Time of the Season.  Anyone of a certain age who hears this opening bass and drum line will no doubt have the lines What’s your name?/Who’s your daddy?/ Is he rich. is he rich like me?  immediately running through their mind.

Zombie mind control, that’s what it is.  So enjoy a little of it and have a great Sunday.  I have fresh brains to find.  Well, a fresh canvas to smear stuff on.  Paint, brains–whatever.

PS:  Please use the zombie grip that is depicted on the old movie poster at the top  ( White Zombie— Bela Lugosi– 1932) with great care.  Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

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Bela Lugosi as DraculaMaybe it’s a sign of advancing age or just detachment from youthful society at large, but I am totally mystified by the romanticization of vampires in things like the Twilight series of books and movies or the True Blood series on HBO.  While I know there was a certain charisma that went along with Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in the films of the 30’s and 40’s and maybe a little with the vampire-based soap opera of the early 70’s, Dark Shadows, I suspect the current fascination with all things vampirish really took off with Ann Rice and her books.

Okay, so people enjoy the books and movies and find the lore and drama of it all interesting.  I can see that.  But why do people feel the need to try to adopt the lifestyle of vampires?  What does someone see that compels them to dress and act like vampires and even have dental work done to give them fangs?  What is it in this world of bloodsucking that they find so much more appealing than their normal lives, to the point they make it the focal point of all they are and do?  

It seems to be a recent phenomena.  I can’t imagine that there were groups of youths in the 1930’s who dressed in Dracula-like black capes and dark eyeliner, sulking around their parent’s homes and muttering under their breath in an affected Romanian accent.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe, but I doubt it.

Maybe there is nothing wrong in this.  Maybe there’s something to be said for trying to become more like the characters we see in movies and read about in books.  Maybe I’m being too critical and should have a more open opinion.  I mean, I do have a beard and I did like Lon Chaney, Jr. as the doomed Larry Talbot in those werewolf movies…

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