The proceeds from this anthology will benefit literacy charities in the UK and the US:
In the UK, National Literacy Trust:
In the US, Children’s Literacy Initiative
For a truly amazing play list of the songs by Court Merrigan, go here. Ain't technology grand!
Paul Brazill-Life on Mars
'It's a God-awful small affair.' -Life On Mars? David Bowie.
R Thomas Brown-Dock of the Bay
When Luca asked if I wanted to be a part of this, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what song I would use. Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding is a song I've always loved. My parents would play it on car rides, and it's a tune that I find myself singing for no reason quite often. For me, it evokes different emotions depending on my mood. In more reflective states, its a simple song about the satisfaction of wasting time simple things. When times are tough, the words about nothing changing and ever present loneliness are familiar and somehow comforting.
The setting of the story is on a dock, so that part is a direct reference. The other inspiration is about the things I worry about these days, though not literally what happens in the story. Losing job and family are things I've seen happen to friends, and seem all around. Those things bother me and are the fuel for most of any anxiety I have. In the story, a man has suffered both of these things, and has run out of fight. He has one final plan to extract some measure of revenge from the person he sees as responsible.
R Thomas Brown