Moxie was the first mass marketed soft drink in the United States. it was was touted as a patent medicine guaranteed to cure almost any ill including loss of manhood, "paralysis, and softening of the brain". By the early 20th century, the "Nerve Food" was carbonated, brilliantly merchandised, and became a household word. In spite of the claims restrictions placed on Moxie by the Food & Drug Act, many ads from this period touted the medicinal benefits of the tonic. In its heyday the beverage was strongly associated with amusement parks, dance halls, and places synonymous with the "vigorous" life that drinking Moxie was supposed to sustain.
Moxie Music, the composition, is constructed in three large arches. The middle section is the eye of the storm, while the third surpasses the energy and force of the first section, followed by a short coda.