300/366 Zig, zig, zig

This is one of the more interesting neighborhood finds. At night, a film of skeletons dancing is projected onto a window screen and can be seen from the street. I am going to try and see if I can capture it on video. It is astonishing to watch. Even Jack Henry was mesmerized and this is a dog that can be quite fussy about his movie viewing.
Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking with his heel a tomb,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zig, on his violin.
The winter wind blows and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden-trees.
Through the gloom, white skeletons pass,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking.
The bones of the dancers are heard to crack-
But hist! of a sudden they quit the round,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.

–from “Danse Macabre,” by Henri Cazalis

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, iColorama and Polamatic using the SFX70 presets

For today: Zig, zig, zig

Zig, zig, zig

Zig, zig, zig

 

A possibly little known fact: the tremendous musical piece of the same name and composed by Saint-Saëns was based on the above poem. Here is a cartoon done in the 1980s that captures the spirit of the poem pretty well. There are other versions, but this one seems to understand best the context-

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7 thoughts on “300/366 Zig, zig, zig

    • Yes-if you like Halloween, this neighborhood is definitely one of the best for decorations. There is another neighborhood that displays neighborhood pumpkins that people carve on a huge rack. At least they did last year. And Halloween night is just one big flood of ghosties and goblins walking the sidewalks-It is something indeed-Thanks Susan!

    • I love the Silly Symphony cartoon-Ub Iwerks was brilliant-he did some other Halloween themed ‘toons which are pretty fun to watch. Thanks so much dru, and I agree, without differences, life would be pretty tame-Thank you for stopping by-

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