Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 10

Modern Mary by Tyler Anne Whichard

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Tyler Anne is a writer studying at UNCW. She is the fiction editor for semicolon literary journal, a K-Pop stan on antidepressants, and an advocate of radical kindness. Her work has appeared in Spelk, rkvry, and Atlantis: A Creative Magazine. Follow her on social media @tylerawhichard.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 9

January 2003 by Emily Costa

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Emily Costa teaches freshmen at Southern Connecticut State University, where she received her MFA. Her writing can be found in Hobart, Barrelhouse, The RS 500, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere.

K Recommends: “Time Has Come Today” by The Chambers Brothers

At around 11 minutes long, “Time Has Come Today” stretches and tests the boundaries of time. This psychedelic anthem celebrates the unknowns of time, appreciates the time we have, and accepts that life is short. The song addresses how time is often fraught with sadness and frustration but we are also rewarded with powerful experiences.

I enjoy how The Chambers Brothers demonstrate time within the song. At the beginning, the thrill of the lyrics, the maddening guitars, the lively drumming… all instruments and musicians build this song together. Then there are instances where the background vocals are more of a shout or a statement: “TIME!” The song slows a bit; a cowbell introduced from the start clicks like a second hand.

Was it always ticking? The drums… I think they might have been leading us into something hypnotic and mysterious all along. You can contemplate this once that break fills in the song completely for minutes. Time doesn’t exist here… or does it? This is where we spin, dance and fall. We reach out to one another or pull away not knowing when or if this space is momentary or forever. As we drown in or ride on the meandering ooze of psych we can revisit memories and history or look away.

Released in the Vietnam War era, it’s a song that’s musically familiar but takes a slightly different route from the messages other bands electrified during this period. I think of “Fortunate Son” by CCR which speaks to issues with concrete examples. The Chambers Brothers take rock and current events and put them in a very surreal musical context. It really makes you appreciate these songs as more than their relationship to the decade.

Of course there are so many interpretations one could glean from this track. I love how the main pieces of the song come back at the end, and time carries on. Take the time to hear this song in its original, plentiful version. You have time. Or do you?

“TIME!”

(Song recommendation by K Weber)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 8

On “The Holly and the Ivy” by George Winston by Keef

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Keef lives, writes, and listens to lots of music in Austin, TX, although he doesn’t listen to very much sad music anymore. He’s been published in Cabinet of Heed and Five on the Fifth, and has put a series of horrible little fables on the web at horriblelittlefables.com. He’s also on twitter@keefdotorg.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 7

Chic Cheer by Patrick Williams

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Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. His recent work appears or is forthcoming in publications including Vinyl, Bennington Review, Nine Mile Magazine, and Posit. His chapbook Hygiene in Reading (Publishing Genius, 2016) was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Prize. He edits Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics and is the hands behind typewriter.city. Find him at patrickwilliamsintext.com and on Twitter @activitystory.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 6

A Toast to Innocence by Erin Cork

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Erin Cork lives in Missoula, MT. She writes and hikes in the mornings with her two rescue mutts. She works the swing shift as a train dispatcher, drinks a lot of coffee and uses foul language. Her work has been featured in X-R-A-Y Lit, Hypnopomp, Image OutWrite and Memoir Mixtapes. She has other pieces about to drop elsewhere. She is working on another draft of her first novel and an essay collection.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 5

On Marianne Faithfull: Diary of a Lesbian Spinster in Winter by Tanya Pearson

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Tanya Pearson is a Ph.D. Student, Oral Historian, and Director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital interviews and written transcripts documenting the lives and careers of women-identified rock musicians. She is a proponent of lesbiansim, aging, vegetarianism, senior dog adoption, and Joan Didion. When she's not working she enjoys rock climbing, playing in bands, and watching The Golden Girls with her dog, Andrew. Her work has been published in Bust Magazine and “I’ve Got My Equalizer”: An Oral History of Rock Music will be published by University of Massachusetts Press in 2021. Follow Women Of Rock Oral History Project on Twitter, Instagram @womenofrockohp or visit www.womenofrock.org

Lauren Recommends “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

When someone asks me about a song that I have a connection with, I have to stop and think a minute, because most of my favorite songs don’t immediately bring about an event in my life. Instead, they embody the lives of fictional characters in television and movies.

Recently, I’ve added a lot of songs with witch-y, haunting undertones to my library thanks to the new Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The addition of these songs was made easier by the release of a Spotify playlist with a few getting constant play.

One of the first songs I was drawn to from the soundtrack was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” and when I started digging I realized that it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for the show.

The 1969 track was written by John Fogherty after seeing the film The Devil and Daniel Webster, in which a man named Daniel Webster makes a deal with Mr. Scratch, the devil. “Bad Moon Rising” was inspired by the hurricane scene where everyone’s crops were destroyed save Daniel Webster’s.

During a 1993 interview with Rolling Stone Fogherty revisits the song saying:

My song wasn’t about Mr. Scratch, and it wasn’t about the deal. It was about the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us. It wasn’t until the band was learning the song that I realized the dichotomy. Here you got this song with all these hurricanes and blowing and raging ruin and all that, but it’s [snaps fingers] “I see a bad moon rising.” It’s a happy-sounding tune, right? It didn’t bother me at the time.

Though rather foreboding, the song does have a rather snappy tune. It’s hard not to shake, as eerie it is that this song brings about the show’s main villain at the expense of the title character’s favorite school teacher.

I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go ‘round tonight
It’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

On Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Mary Wardwell is heading home from a horror movie. “Bad Moon Rising” is playing on the radio. She’s singing to the radio when she sees a girl in the road.

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The music stops. She swerves and gets out of her car to make sure the girl is okay. She takes the girl home and is killed by the girl who later takes her form, assuming her life to deliver Sabrina Spellman to the devil.

While the demon continues to live as Mary Wardwell, it’s hard to shake the lyrics of the song as the last one the character was singing. Especially this verse, which — in a show about witchcraft — feels a lot like a premonition.

I hope you got your things together
I hope you are quite prepared to die
Look’s like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has nine episodes coming out in April 2019, and has already been renewed for sixteen more.

What does this means for the demon is unknown, but as I play the song, I can’t stop theorizing about what’s to come.

(Song recommendation by Lauren Busser)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 4

Coyote Tracks (After Chris Porterfield) by Oak Ayling

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Oak Ayling is an English poet whose work, both current & forthcoming, can be found in the Literary Magazines; Anti Heroin Chic, From Whispers to Roars, Foxglove Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Furious Gazelle & in print anthologies ‘For the Silent’ from Indigo Dreams Publishing & ‘Light Through the Mist’ from author Helen Cox.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.8, Track 3

“Something On” by The Tragically Hip: A Canadian Winter Road Trip Fairy Tale by Amy Spurway

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Amy Spurway is a writer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Artsfrom the University of New Brunswick, and a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has been married to the guyfor 18 years, despite the fact that ten years ago, he revealeda deep, dark secret: hedoesn’t really like the Tragically Hip. She still dances around their house blasting Something On,but does so clean and sober and always in weather-appropriate clothing in order to be a good role model for their three kids. Amy’s debut novel, Crow,is being released by GooseLane Editions in March 2019.