Monday, December 9, 2013
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.
Happy Day Music Fans!
With extreme good cheer I bring you this week's edition of "The Newsroom Sessions."
Each week I'll be interviewing a local band in the Press Herald TV Studio and it will include a couple of live songs. Hoorah! This week it was ShaShaSha.
ShaShaSha will be performing on Thursday, July 25 in Portland's Monument Square as part of the summer Alive at Five concert series. The Other Bones will be kicking things off at 5 and you can expect ShaShaSha to go on at around 6:15 p.m. Be there or be square. In Monument Square. Get it? I don't really either so we're cool.
Let me start by saying, to quote "Gone with the Wind:" "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," about the Royals or the world's obsession with William and Kate's newborn son. I've never understood the obsession. But I'm more than happy to poke fun at it.
But just to be clear, I'm happy they have a healthy child and wish them the best like I would anyone.
Now that sonny boy is here, the next thing the world at large is focused on is what to name the child.
I've come up with 11 that perhaps should be avoided because they've been immortalized in song and aren't shown in a particularly favorable light.
Howdy Music Fans,
So get this. The good people here at The Press Herald let me book an act, interview them, and have them play some music right here in our cool new studio.
The first act?
Say it with me: SPENCER ALBEE !
Last night, June 20 to be exact, I made my first trip to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor to see a show. I’ve wanted to check out the venue for a few years now and the time finally came to gas up the car and make the drive.
What made the drive (about 2 hours, 15 minutes from Portland and that includes an accident slow down early on in the trip) worthwhile? In a word: Sting. More on him in a minute.
First let’s talk about the venue. I decided to make a list of pros and cons.
I can only imagine the songwriting inspiration that has been drawn from all of the North Pond Hermit news of late. I know I recently rewrote a few lines of Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero" with the words "North Pond Hermit" in the refrain. It goes a little like this:
"Standing in the rain, with his head hung low, couldn't go out hunting, that wasn't how he rolled"
But as for original music, I'll leave that to the professionals. Whew...
That said, here's a catchy little ditty all about The North Pond Hermit.