This rendition of Transylvanian Melody starts slowly. Give it a half minute.
What makes a piece of music haunting?
Is it the slightly mangled and vaguely discordant repetitions of a long melody-line?
To me it is the musical equivalent of a very old man, well past his prime trying to recount a story from his life. He gets part-way through the story and becomes distracted. When he restarts it is not where he left off. Some of the time when he repeats parts of the story the details have changed in minor but noticeable particulars and the cadence is never twice-the-same.
It is haunting and provocative because we are mentally trying to fix or reconcile this story that swirls like fog around us.
And as you listen to the old man repeatedly battle his way through the story, it occurs to you that the reason the story is familiar is because it was the story-line from a show that was on TV the previous night.
What do the musicians out there think?