• Lauren Shippen

MARCIA HARDESTY - Character Playlist

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I wanted Marcia to feel modern, so most of the music on this playlist is from the 21st century. It’s also all by female artists/singers, which was important to me. I don’t typically gender my playlists (gender is a construct, etc. etc.) but my gut told me to give Marcia a strong, optimistic, independent female energy. She’s young, she’s bushy-tailed and bright eyed, but she’s not naive. To paraphrase Peggy Carter, she knows her value and the rest really doesn’t matter.


1. “Suddenly I See” - KT Tunstall

  • For whatever reason, this really feels like a “just got off the bus and am taking in all of New York City for the first time” kind of song. Maybe it’s that it was featured in exactly that kind of montage in a lot of mid-2000s TV shows and movies. Regardless, that’s what I picture.

2. “Echoes” - Dar Williams

  • I think a beautiful thing about being young is the belief that the things you do can have global, cosmic impact. There are certainly people who retain this kind of hopefulness throughout their lives, but it does seem like a primarily young person’s way of thinking. Of course, for Marcia, that belief turned out to be true.

  • Every time you opt in to kindness/Make one connection, used to divide us/It echoes all over the world

3. “The Story” - Brandi Carlile

  • There’s definitely a little Lilith Fair vibe to this playlist, which is not entirely unintentional. Though our series takes place in the 60s, the comic was written in the 90s, so I wanted to nod to that. Now, none of these opening tracks were released in the 90s, but the Lilith Fair-ness of them makes it feel like they could have been

  • This song is from the perspective of a woman older than Marcia, but, as a burgeoning photo journalist, she is constantly thinking about story and the ways in which we tell stories

  • So many stories of where I’ve been/And how I got to where I am/But these stories don’t mean anything/When you’ve got no one to tell them to - a little bit of meta commentary for you there

4. “How You Survived the War” - The Weepies

  • I admit I don’t actually know what this song is about to The Weepies. But to me, it’s Marcia singing to Phil and the people of his generation. It’s about people refusing to change. Phil isn’t guilty of this but he still has his way of doing things.

  • Is that the way you want it?/You get back to the wall/And put your hands up/It’s a holdup/You give up like every time before/That is how you survived the war/You never change your mind once it’s made up

5. “Love Save the Empty” - Erin McCarley

  • Sad boy, you stare up at the sky/When non one’s looking back at you/You wear your every last disguise/You’re flying, then you fall through - I mean…the Silver Surfer. Obviously.

6. “Miss Independent” - Kelly Clarkson

  • I’ll be honest - in coming up with this story, I started to ship Marcia and the Silver Surfer. I don’t know how it happened, but here we are. Anyway, so that’s what this is. Marcia is doing her independent woman/investigative journalist thing and finding out things no one else is finding out and then, whoops, she starts to feel for this strange space man.This is another “young Marcia” moment. She’s kept her head down, focused on her work, for her entire adolescence and then she finds herself in a position where there’s more things to consider. That’s bound to throw a girl for a loop.

7. “Chasing the Sun” - Sara Bareilles

  • Though a little morbid, this song is such a beautiful love letter to New York City. There’s something really beautiful about the image of running away from death and mortality and into the sun and the future. It’s the looking forward and the looking back. Marcia is always looking forward - always trying to push the envelope - that she doesn’t always appreciate what can be learned from the past. This is Phil and Ben making her pay attention to the history that she stands upon.

  • There’s a history through her/Sent to us as a gift from the future/To show us the proof/More than that, it’s to dare us to move

8. *“I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” - Sixpence None the Richer (originally by The Beach Boys)*

  • Despite the fact that Marcia is the modern element of our trio, I still wanted to include something from the era of the story. The Beach Boys is almost always where I start when thinking of the 60s and this song seemed perfect on multiple levels. But the sound of The Beach Boys — the aesthetic — didn’t fit with the existing musical language of this playlist. So I went in search of a cover. Lo and behold! A cover by a one-hit wonder 90s band. Perfect. I loved their one single but, goodness, their band name still baffles me as a choice.

  • I guess I just wasn’t made for these times/Every time I get the inspiration/To go change things around/No one wants to help me look for places/Where new things might be found

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