“Joyride,” Creative Nonfiction, in Anti-Heroin Chic

The first time I heard Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” was on the radio in our crowded basement apartment in the Bronx—played loud enough to stir up the lions at the zoo a mile away. In 1955, when the song came out, four of my siblings were teenagers in the throes of what would become a lifelong adoration of rockers like Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino—all of whom they savored at Jackhammer decibels.

A song can become synonymous with a moment in our lives; the memory becomes inseparable from the tune. That’s what happened for me with “Maybellene,” when it was the backdrop for a nightmarish ride in a ’56 Chevy with a drunk driver at the wheel. I try to capture what that felt like in “Joyride,” which appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic. https://heroinchic.weebly.com/blog/joyride-by-mary-ann-mcguigan

And if you’re too young to remember Mr. Berry, here’s a little taste. Crank it up (but let the cat out first): https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=75RiHJGfyUE