The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged
“That moonglow gave me you…”
Man, this was fun to make.
First I grabbed the audio from the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life,” just the last 8 minutes or so.
Then, I grabbed a couple of my favorite quotes to move around.
Then, I went onto Soundcloud, looking for a version of “Moonglow,” the song that Pat Riley plays in the episode, and I found this great version by the Canal Street Syncopators.
Then, I imported both of the files into Audacity and started putting the quotes around.
One of my favorite parts are Anthony’s first lines about not talking while the music is playing. That’s where there’s a change in the song–is that the bridge?–and having Anthony come in then feels really creepy and menacing. All of the lines before that are from townspeople trying to cover up how nervous they are, and this is the first real moment of menace that we get in the song.
My second favorite part is at the end. First, there’s Ethel saying “Happy birthday, darling” (IT WAS DON’S BIRTHDAY! GAAAAHHHHHH!). Then, the lyrics from the song, “That moonglow gave me you,” which makes me think about Anthony’s parents and how they must have been in love and then they had a baby and then it murdered people and exiled the corpses to the cornfield.
“It must have been moonglow….”