If there is one board game that The Ghost loves, it would be Scrabble. It’s the perfect merger between my right brain (creativity with words) vs. left brain (mathematical strategies with point values). I’ve been playing for decades, and even once earned the affectionate nickname “Scrabble playing bastard.” OK, so perhaps that was not meant as affectionately as I would like to believe. The point is that there are plenty of other fans of the game out there just like me. So many love the game that April 13th has become National Scrabble Day. Yes, it’s a thing.
One of my favorite things to do in Scrabble is to kick off the game with a seven letter word, and yes, I have pulled off that feat more than once. So to celebrate National Scrabble Day, the Monday Mixteen will be devoted to the highest scoring seven letter words that are also titles of local (and Texas) songs. After reading this article and the commentary on each song, one conclusion should be obvious to all readers. The Ghost is a major dork.
- “Jezebel”, The Reverend Horton Heat
The Ghost could not find a higher scoring Scrabble legal word than the title of this track by the Rev. And yes, Jezebel is a legal word in addition to a female’s name.
Upon your first play, place the Z on the double letter score, and you’ve earned an amazing 120 points!
- “Jackpot”, Joe Savage
You may not have hit the jackpot the way you would with “Jezebel”, but 110 points is still an amazing start to the game. Oh, and you’ve also hit the jackpot with this track if you love authentic country music.
- “Phoenix”, TOMKAT
X marks the spot for this Tomkat track. To be specific, X belongs on the double letter score, earning you a sweet 106 points off the bat.
- “Soapbox”, Chris Holt
This playlist had The Ghost digging deeper into the local music library, and this track was a nice blast from the past. It came from Holt’s A Cosmic Joke, and on “Soapbox”, it feels as if the guitarist is channeling the spirit of Nick Drake. But back to the points: if you place the X on the double letter score, the word will earn you 102 points.
- “Quitter”, Toadies
As a Scrabble word, “quitter” only has one thing going for it: the Q. But that Q on the double letter score earns the player 102 points.
- “Chicken”, Holy Moly
Much of my research by digging through a Three Links Till I Die playlist on Spotify, so props go to Kaia Beggs for her playlist. That’s where I discovered this Holy Moly track, whose title can earn you a sweet 96 points.
- “Wrecked”, Lydia Low
My favorite song by Ms. Low is “Mad Mad Maggie”, but alas, that’s three separate words, none of which are even seven letters long. I digress though. Wrecked earns you 94 points.
- “Freeway”, September Moon
September Moon is a recent local music discovery of mine. I’ll probably be playing one of their tracks on the next episode of GOBL Radio. In the meantime, you can earn up to 90 points by beginning your game with this word. Freeway also gives you options on how to position the word, as placing the F, W, or Y on the double letter score allows you to earn maximum points.
- “Crooked”, Public Love Affair
Public Love Affair is no more. Justin Russell is busy with country project Midnight County, and Caleb Ditzinger has a new band called Siamese Hips. The legacy of the band lives on in this playlist, serving as a reminder that the word crooked can earn you 88 points. I’m sure that’s the legacy PLA was aiming for.
- “Goodbye”, As the City Sleeps
El Paso band As the City Sleeps knows how to create gorgeous sonic landscapes, as evidence by this song. “Goodbye” can also help you score up to 86 points. That might cause a shocked response of “Hello!” from your opponent.
- “Peaches”, Bob Schneider
With no relations to the 90’s alternative classic by The Presidents of the United States of America, the word peaches can earn a player 86 points. That’s a tasty start to your game.
- “Chances”, Madison King
Chances are that the word chances will score you nicely any way you play it. But for maximum impact, place the H on the double letter score, giving an opening score of 97 points.
- “Holiday”, Vibrolux
I could have opted for Salim’s track of the same name that he performed with The Disappearing Act, but instead The Ghost went with the tried and true Vibrolux classic.
And whether you begin or end your “Holiday” on the double letter score, it will earn you 86 points.
- “Runaway”, Shiela
No, the artist’s name is not misspelled. She’s an alternative R&B singer out of Austin. and The Ghost would love to hear more out of her. As for the song title, place either the W or the Y on the double letter score for 84 points.
- “Hosiery”, Lorelei K
The last two acts are both from the Denton area…
- “Cowgirl”, Hey Cowboy!
And both words can score up to 84 points. And I know you have been fascinated by all this Scrabble talk. Right? Right? RIGHT???