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Olivia Bandy – Martha

With Halloween right around the corner, Olivia Bandy wanted to write a spooky song to share with the Lula 1892 community. After recalling an extra freaky paranormal experience at one of her favorite childhood camps in Blue Ridge George, the song “Martha” was born. “I go to this camp every October up in Blue Ridge, Georgia with my church congregation, and one night a few years ago, a couple of my friends and I were sitting on the back porch of the kitchen, when all of a sudden the screen door creaked open. There was no one around, so we thought it was bizarre. One of my friends jokingly said it was a ghost and named it “Martha.” When she said “Martha,” the door would open a little wider. My friend kept calling to “Martha” until it was all the way open, then it finally slammed shut,” Bandy explained the inspiration behind her brand new song, “But wait! There’s more. There’s a little church at the end of the mountain that has a cemetery at the back of it. We joked that that must be where Martha lives. We went to the graveyard to look for a headstone that said Martha, but there were none to be found in the cemetery. There were two head stones,  however, placed close to the woods away from the rest of the cemetery, and sure enough, one of them had the name “Martha” across it. This week’s song is my own take on what happened to Martha.” The only question is, did Bandy make it up, or did Martha tell her?


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