We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think the author has it backwards. It's not spooky because of cultural expectations; it's used in pop culture because it invokes those feelings.
Our music director played it on the organ after Mass today, always does on the mass before Halloween. After the exit hymn, not part of the mass. It sounds wonderful in a mostly empty church. I went back in and sat down until he finished.
Scary? Not for me. Just a great piece of music, a long-familiar tune. One impression I have gotten from Bach is his sheer delight in constructing, in improvising a tune/musical composition. As nobody could do counterpoint as well as Bach, his ability is almost other-worldly. In this sense, Bach might be considered scary- awe of a great almost other-worldly power can also become fear of a great almost other-worldly power.
Not scary or creepy at all. We were st Yorkminster once while the organist played the Tocatta and were totally floored. I had to sit down to absorb it all. It's goes right through you. Totally wonderful.