Merry Mercurial

img1550902330781color“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ‘n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since.”- Lester Bangs, paraphrasing Mick Jones of The Clash

Merry Mercurial writes for The JunctionModern Rock ReviewClassic Rock Review, Cover Me, and more. Her fiction has appeared in Stockholm Review of Literature, Crack the Spine, Front Porch Review, and Literally Stories, among other publications.

These days she’s focused on writing via Medium and Medium publications. (Her Junction essay “Syd Barrett Will Save Your Psychotic Soul” is a good example of the blend of music review, culture commentary, and memoir she leans toward when given free reign.) Though she is happy to take on new music writing assignments. Her fee is either non-Monopoly money or a stupid-big white rose whose stem was once tucked inside the leather pants of any member of Greta Van Fleet. Preferably both.

The quote at the top is her all-time favorite arrangement of words. Here’s a close second: “What in the wide world of fuck are you wearing?” (Selina Meyer, VEEP).

Other facts about Merry Mercurial — she owns exactly two movies, Almost Famous and Frozen. She is sure this says bushels about her soul. In books, she likes memoirs and epic Dickensian tragicomedies. So, John Irving mostly.

Merry Mercurial has schizoaffective disorder. For the uninitiated, that’s what happens when schizophrenia and bipolar disorder make unhealthy love. Not that it’s exactly a fractions game, but she’d put hers about 80/20 schizophrenia/bipolar. It is her goal to write a book about it that serious people call “heartbreaking” and funny people call “funny.”

She made the funky guitar images you see throughout this website with construction paper guitar silhouettes, overhead hotel room lighting courtesy of the Super 8, and the app Cartoon Cam.

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All that aside, music is what the website, the writing, and the human herself are all about. Some of her favorite things in that category include “Lost for Words” (Pink Floyd); “La Dee Da” (Foo Fighters); Syd Barrett, sea to sea; Heart covering “Misty Mountain Hop”; the transition between “Happiest Days of Our Lives” and “Another Brick Pt. 2” on The Wall; the transition between “Empty Spaces” and “Young Lust” on The Wall; Dorothy (!!!!!!!!!!!); “Cut the Cord” (Shinedown); “Wild Ride” (Dwight Yoakam); give Coldplay shit about their pastel phenotype and they’re like; “Hand Me Down World” (The Guess Who); David Byrne on architecture; Sia and Maddie until you lose count; Taylor Hawkins’s palatial sun-smuggling beach-boy smile the whole time he hits stuff; almost everything on Hole’s Live Through This album; oh my dear, heaven is a big bang now…

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