“Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, caldron bubble” – The Witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”
It is the season of the witch. Black cats, wide brimmed hats, brooms, black caldrons and strange brews made of eye of newt and bat wings (and who knows what else) – all part of the witches lore. There’s long been a fascination, and a fear, of witches, wizards, and others who may cast spells. You just never know when it might be a curse or just another Love Potion No. 9. What I am finding as I go along with my sets, are some can be much longer than others. There are a lot of tunes out there about witches and the trouble they can cause us. While “bad” witches exist (some without any actual powers), there are also plenty of good. I don’t end up talking about any of those ladies this time, but they’re out there.
First up – “Black Magic Woman” – Santana. The sound is mesmerizing just like any witch should be. It oozes black magic and Santana’s guitar work just about puts you in a spell. Fabulous tune.
Second – “Witchy Woman” – The Eagles. To me the intro to this song doesn’t exactly spell witchy but in some ways it does. “She has the moon in her eyes” is a great lyric that’s a very bewitching image. The slower beat and smokey vocals sell this song.
Third – “Strange Brew” – Cream. It’s relatively easy with the whole psychedelic rock bit going on in the 60s and 70s to create a great witchy song. The whiny vocals create the feeling of a spell being cast and in this particular video, the psychedelic images put the listener in a trance.
I am adding a bonus song on here. I wouldn’t feel good about not having Godsmack’s “Voodoo” on this list somewhere. The percussion in this song is absolutely the best part and is so seductive. The guitar work adds to the lure. His vocals are deep and provocative. This is a very creepy, but oh so sexy song. Hope you enjoy! Happy bewitching everyone!