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Musical synchronicity at Shaqtoberfest: Blue Monday

A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconciousness.” – Miller in Repo Man

Shaqtoberfest 2023 music stage
Shaqtoberfest music stage

At Shaqtoberfest on Sunday night, we experienced a weird moment of musical synchronicity which illustrates Miller’s point. Hanging out in the VIP area where dance music pulsed through the night, we found ourselves wondering (as we often do) why Halloween events had such a hard time finding music appropriate for the Halloween season. Sure, we thought, the venue wants high-energy vibes to increase audience excitement, but there are dance songs that, if not Halloween oriented, at least have a darker tone that fits the season – something like New Order’s “Blue Monday.”

Suddenly, out of the blue, “Blue Monday” came bursting from the speakers. It was as if they read our mind. Not that there’s any point in looking for explanations.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.