PHILLY SONGS PROJECT
Marion has written on a range of historical and social topics inspired by her new hometown of Philly, including Eastern State Pen, Laurel Hill Cemetery, and the Statue to the Lenape at Wissahickon Park. Several of her Philly songs were on Marion and the Band's debut 2017 EP; more are included on her solo 2019 LP RINGS AROUND SATURN. Here are some of these Philly-inspired songs.
IF STATUES COULD SPEAK - inspired by the statue to the Lenape in Wissahickon Park. Special thanks to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe for assistance in the correct pronunciation and usage of the phrases that end this song. They ask that you remember 'they are still here.' For more information, go to their website at http://www.nanticoke-lenape.info. This single, released in 2018, is included on Marion's debut solo album, RINGS AROUND SATURN, released in 2019.
RESTING ON LAUREL HILL - inspired by Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery and the death of a child that led to the cemetery's founding. From a 2016 performance at Lettersong Gallery in Louisville, KY. The studio recording for this song is available on Marion and the Band's debut EP Walking in Tall Grass (Fall 2017).
LOST THINGS- inspired by the eternal flame memorial to 3,000 revolutionary war soldiers buried anonymously in Philadelphia's Washington Square Park. Performed at a 2017 Hurricane Benefit, Louisville, KY. The studio recording for this song is available on Marion and the Band's debut EP Walking in Tall Grass (Fall 2017).
STILL BURNING- This song's starting point is the 1962 Centralia PA Coal Mine fire, which still burns today and has made the town unlivable. The song ultimately reflects on the societal calamity of addiction and homelessness. This is the very rough demo for this song; the studio version is part of Marion's debut solo album RINGS AROUND SATURN released in 2019.