Here Lies the Official Website of
Kristen Lawrence's Halloween Carols™
“If the Halloween Town of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas had a resident keyboardist, it would be Kristen Lawrence.” - Keyboard Magazine
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Looking for elegant Gothic Wedding Music for your Hallowedding?
Kristen's music suggestions can be found HERE
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USING MUSIC TO TEACH
Download FREE Halloween Lesson Plans
"Ghost of John" - Halloween Fun with Music and Verse - (K-5) HERE
Students write their own verses to the American folk tune.
"The Spider and the Fly" - New Spins on an Old Tale (K-8) HERE
Language, Art, Math, and Science Spider Activities
"Cats in the Catacombs" (2-5) HERE
Vocabulary & Language Sound Effects (Alliteration, Consonence, Assonence)
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" (7-12) HERE
If Edgar Allan Poe had been a musician, what would “The Raven” sound like? This famous poem is noted for its lingering rhythms, sonorous rhymes, and gothic themes. Compare literary and musical terms with Kristen's musical setting of Poe's poem.
More of Kristen's Lesson Ideas and Halloween Articles HERE
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I write Halloween music to be enjoyed the entire month of October. Such an enticing holiday at the end of such a beautiful month calls for celebratory music starting on the 1st, not confined to the 31st alone ... (though some of you have written to me, saying you listen to my Halloween music all year long, for which I thank you, and will put extra candy in your trick-or-treat satchels).
Here on my website, Trick-or-Treaters of all ages and backgrounds can find plenty of treats; just click for some of my free music downloads.
If my music finds a place in your souls, perhaps next to spiced cider, jack o' lanterns, chilly air, beautiful leaves, and fluffy cats ... then may I invite you to join my street team of P.U.M.P.K.I.N.S., and share with your friends about my Halloween Carols™.
Porchgoers Under Masks Promoting Kristen's Intriguing New Sound
For fun and information on Halloween history and my Halloween music recording adventures, come on by to visit me on my Facebook page !
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To make it easy for you to purchase my music, I have incuded links to iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby (who, by the way, is great at shipping international orders.) If you would like to receive a signed copy of my CDs and a photo, go to my CONTACT page to send me a request.
Thank you for visiting my porch .... and purchasing my Halloween Carols. Your support allows me to continue producing more ear candy. I hope every October is an enchanting one for you, full of music, sights, tastes, scents, and feelings that rapturously haunt and deliciously linger.
Kristen plays Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony with Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sunday, November 17, 3pm at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Kristen plays for Haunted Orange County's reception to launch the Downtown Santa Ana Haunted History Ghost Walk.
August 17, 8:00pm, Howe-Waffle Historic House, hosted by SyFy's "Fact or Faked" Ben Hansen.
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce announcement: click here.
Kristen plays Saint-Saëns with Pacific Symphony for their "Class Act" 2013 concert series, "Endless Imagination." Segerstrom Concert Hall, June 5, 6, 7.
Article: click here.
Pictures: click here.
Kristen is playing with Pacific Symphony's Youth Wind Ensemble. March 3, 3:00, Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Program notes: click here.
Kristen's birthday is coming up soon (March 2), and she'd like to give a gift to YOU.
Post an original picture or meme on her facebook page that is funny or pretty or profound or whatever ...
... and all-around birthday-ish ... (keep it clean; naughty trick-or-treaters will be kicked off Kristen's porch) ...
... and to the three she likes best she'll send a signed copy of her CD, "Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'" (international participation welcome; Kristen will send mail far and wide).
Ready ... go! Post now through, oh, a little past her birthday. Have fun. Age jokes are totally allowed. But do remember:
"I'm 37; I'm not old." -- Monty Python
Please tell your friends! Help Kristen bump her facebook page birthday party above 6,000. Thanks! We love you!
Live performances for October:
October 2 – 7pm, The Colony Theatre in Burbank, “The Big Read” with Ben Hansen, Fritz Coleman, and more. I will be performing “The Raven” on a set list with readings.
October 3 – 7pm, Tustin Library, an hour concert of “The Raven” and my Halloween Carols
October 4 – 7pm, Burbank Central Library, “The Big Read,” an hour concert of “The Raven” and my Halloween Carols
October 11 – 4pm, Orange Library, children’s not-too-scary Halloween concert
October 16 – 4pm, Tustin Library, children’s not-too-scary Halloween concert
October 27 – 7pm, Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana, my debut as a silent movie organist for “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney
To celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17, get a free download of "Cats in the Catacombs" -- featuring Molly Macabre the Halloween Cat as guest vocalist.
Share the "mews news" with cat crazies everywhere!
Beautiful art from Ann-christine Immersköld of Sweden:
Next week, July 30 - August 3...
* A MIDSUMMER DOWNLOADER'S DREAM SALE *
25% off Kristen's MP3 album downloads at CD Baby
CD Baby is letting artists keep 100% of their MP3 sales the week of July 30 - August 3, so Kristen is passing on the savings to you (they usually keep 25%).
Let's get you prepared for Halloween! Tell friends! Please share this tasty news!
Calling all Trick-or-Treaters!
Would you be so kind as to write a review of Kristen's music on Amazon, iTunes, or CD Baby (or all three... and anywhere else you wish)?
Baltimore's "The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum" is holding contests to win Kristen's new CD, "Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven,'" on Thursday and Friday, April 26th and 27th.
To participate, head over to facebook and "like" their page. They'll announce when they'll post the contest questions. Be the first to answer correctly, and you win!
Also, this museum is showing a special advance screening of "The Raven," starring John Cusack, Wednesday, April 25th. RSVP for a free ticket on their website. They will be giving away a few of Kristen's CDs at this event.
San Diego's "Write Out Loud -- The Big Read: Shades of Poe" is featuring Kristen's new CD, "Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven,'" at their month-long event: KPBS.org
Kristen is featured in this month's Deathy Romantic magazine: Deathly Romantic.
Thanks to Dread Central's Dr. Gash for posting about Kristen's new CD, "Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'": Dread Central.
A special preview of Kristen's upcoming song/album, "The Raven," is now up on YouTube: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
The full version will soon be available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and others.
Kristen has set all 18 verses of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" to music, and at the time of this post, the final mix is getting closer to completion. Though she didn't know about the upcoming movie (starring John Cusack) when she began this project, it is a fortunate coincidence to be releasing her CD as the cinematic release nears.
Kristen will be playing organ with Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sunday, November 20, at the Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 4:00 pm. She will be playing "Mars" from Holst's "The Planets." More info here.
An interview with Kristen on "Suburban Vampire." Read it here.
Announcing the winners in a local (Orange County, California) elementary school contest to write a new verse for the traditional tune, "Ghost of John":
Have you heard of the ghost of Sue?
Swishing and whistling with a whoo.
Trying to frighten people with a boo!
Have you seen John’s poor dog June?
She barks and howls at the midnight moon!
Isn’t it sad she died from a poisoned prune?
Have you heard of the Frozen Head?
Instead of skin, he is made of lead.
He goes through a doorway and under a bed.
Have you seen the toast for John?
Long white bread with the crust all gone.
Wouldn’t it be silly with no crust on?
Watch Kristen play J.S. Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" here.
Win a Signed Set of Kristen's Halloween Carols CDs! Contest runs through October 25, 2011. Details here!
Check out an interview with Kristen on the blog "Spooky, Creepy, Cool"!
Kristen is currently in studio, working on new Halloween music. She hopes to release some of it before Halloween this year. Sign up on her email list above to be notified when it's released!
Kristen will be playing organ with Pacific Symphony in their family Halloween concert, "A Halloween Whodunit." Saturday, October 22, Orange County Performing Arts Center, California. Tickets and info: clicky here!
Kristen's wikipedia article is now online. Come check it out, share it with pals, read tantalizing trinkets if information, and figure out how old she is! Kristen Lawrence
Kristen is playing organ with Pacific Symphony for their Class Act Youth Concerts where over 10,000 school children will be bused to the Orange County Performing Arts Center (June 1, 2, 7). This is part of the Class Act Elementary Partnership Program.
Kristen will be playing a brief spot with Pacific Symphony in their family Beethoven program at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on the beautiful Gillespie organ by C.B. Fisk, conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. Saturday, March 12. More info: clicky.
Thank you, Trevor Tuminski, for another blog post at Rue Morgue! Kristen had the coincidence of being in the same October 2010 Rue Morgue issue as Iron Maiden "Eddie" artist, Derek Riggs, and then meeting Derek at the The Iron Maidens' Halloween show where she played keys with the talented female tribute band. Click Rue Morgue to see Trevor's blog and YouTube videos.
Kristen's article in Keyboard Magazine: click me! Also available in print this month.
Canadian magazine Rue Morgue is having a contest to win signed copies of Kristen's CDs. Contest ends Friday, October 15th at midnight (Ontario, Canada time!).
Click here for details: Rue Morgue
Kristen's sheet music is now available for download sales:
Kristen was asked to contribute her thoughts and knowledge about Halloween music and the meaning behind it in Lesley Bannytyne's new book, Halloween Nation: Behind the scenes of America's Fright Night, now available for pre-order.
KEYNOTES: KRISTEN LAWRENCE: Halloween Deserves Carols, Too!