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Starting with simple, uncomplicated music - Johnny Jackson

Sometimes little boys prefer to play with their 50-cent yard-sale tambourines as opposed to playing their $200 keyboards and guitars. There is something about the inexpensive entertainment that trumps luxury.

Super Target has a dollar bin of all kinds of unnecessary-even useless-seasonal whatnots.

While those classified bins have been the shopper's taboo, at least, venture out for that one useless whatnot. If you cannot find it, fine. If you can find it, congratulations on your discovery.

Creepy Classics is one awesome surprise found in the bunches and bundles of Halloween stickers, rubber goblins, synthetic neon spider webs, and plastic pumpkins busting out at the seams of those bins.

Creepy Classics is a compact disc, compiled of only about five eerie musical arrangements, so it said. Most of the arrangements are immediately recognizable in popular culture. But note, they are classical compositions.

Assumably, the tracks are not appropriate for stuffy elevators or playful party soundtracks. Those can be mundane and frankly irritating. These are not classics; they sound like feathery attempts to something wholesome, just falling short.

Apparently, this disc is supposed to have "creepy" soundtracks for whatever spooky occasions buyers see fit to use them-maybe in a homemade haunted house or a fall carnival with clowns and candy apples. But there is nothing creepy in, about, or around this disc of classics.

Granted, there is that "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" theme music based on "Funeral March of a Marionette." But it too is slightly comical by sheer association. Nothing terrifying. The show has become immortalized into an art, rather than a terrific program. And maybe, the comparison is good to make.

The discussion of Alfred Hitchcock these days has little to do with anything creepy or in any way luxurious as say a modern thriller. The discussions have more to do with the art in Hitchcock.

In that way, the disc seems profound. It is random, and it is interesting. But more than that, the disc sounds like a night of NPR orchestra classics.

Volumes are necessary to describe the melancholy and stress escaping these classics in every third beat, on every minor chord. Not enough can be said to describe the awe-encompassing experience.

Blaring from a surround-sound entertainment system, the disc could seem to dribble music through some small wooden transistor radio box.

For that, the classics are an all right collection of songs. And they only cost a little more than a dollar for a little more than a half hour of brassy dog-fighting and sweet stringed serenades. Again, the disc is compiled with orchestra music. Not everyone will enjoy it. And those that do, may not revel in the classics for long.

If you are patient enough to find it out, you might find a memory in the seeming sloppily gathered collection of classics. There is something about the inexpensive that entertainment that trumps luxury.

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the News Daily. He can be reached at 770-478-5753 or jjackson@news-daily.com .