Music That Moves Me - Audio Diaries

Welcome to Music That Moves ME Audio Diaries Vault

Each weekday this coming June we will post up a new audio diary as it is aired on Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Classical. People sharing their passion and love for music is a very powerful reminder of the role music plays in all of our lives. The 2018 season of Music That Moves ME is possible through the support of the Maine Community Foundation and Lee Auto Malls.

Take a few moments and explore our archived Music That Moves ME segments below. Enjoy!

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Jun 8, 2018

Gerry Wright is a jazz pianist who has played with Don Doane, Tony Bruno, Fred Petra, and many others throughout Maine and New England. He has been a music educator and choral director for nearly fifty years, best known for his work at Messalonskee High School and Maine Central Institute.

Musical Memory: "Tenderly" by Oscar Peterson

In Rainbows

Jun 7, 2018

Desi Van Til was raised in Farmington, Maine, the daughter of a pair of educators. After studying literature at Princeton and spending a croissant-intensive year in Paris on a fellowship, she worked as a development executive in the film industry in Los Angeles. A decade ago, she returned to Maine with her husband Sean to make the feature film Tumbledown based on her script. She now lives in Portland with her kids Arden and Emerson and enjoys things like the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market, picnics at Kettle Cove, the eclectic programming at SPACE, and working on Maine-based stories.

Musical Memory: In Rainbows by Radiohead

"Lindsey’s Dance"

Jun 6, 2018


Jackie Belknap was born, raised, and now lives in Damariscotta. Having left Maine for college, she felt very fortunate to return to her family land in 1996. In 2002, she adopted Lindsey (age 4) from China. Lindsey loved to dance, even before leaving China, and studied at several schools in New England. She died of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2010 at the age of 12. Jackie earned her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University and now works in Augusta as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinician. 

Musical Memory: "Lindsey’s Dance" composed by Brad Ciechomski, performed by the 7th and 8th Grade Band at Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta

"Alberto Balsalm"

Jun 5, 2018

Duncan is a blogger who likes to write about music and adventure. He grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and recently bought his first record player.

Musical Memory: "Alberto Balsalm" by Aphex Twin

"The Lark Ascending"

Jun 4, 2018

Rick Gallion grew up in Southeast Kansas. He joined the army at 17 and served 7 years, 3 of those as a Captain with the First Special Forces Group in Okinawa. He graduated college in 1975 with a B.A. in French Literature. Rick worked for the U.S. Marshals Service, District of Kansas, for 16 years, during which time he spent 10 years studying ballet and jazz dance and performing in community theater. He left the Federal Civil Service to pursue a career in custom woodworking and moved to Maine with his wife, Linda, in 2002. Together, they own a Bed and Breakfast in a 165-year-old farmhouse in Jefferson, where he also built a shop and opened a woodworking school. 

Musical Memory: "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams

"La Traviata"

Jun 1, 2018

Hunt and Allison Smith met online late in life, but they’ve spent the last ten years making up for lost time. Hunt grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, surrounded by sailboats; he got in trouble at school for drawing instead of working but now works full-time as an artist. Allison is a song leader and contra dance caller and manages the family business. They are now living their dream in Steuben, Maine.

Musical Memory: "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi

'On Eagles Wings'

Jun 30, 2017

Peyton Higgison was born in NYC in 1955. He came to Maine in 1975 for the Portland School of Art (now MECA) and, following in his mother's footsteps, he has worked as a professional artist since 1978. On the side, Peyton started New England Telemark in 1999 and served as its ski school director before retiring in 2015. Peyton now works as a shooting instructor at L.L.Bean. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Chake.

Musical Memory: "On Eagles Wings" performed by Bruce Peyton

'On the Run'

Jun 29, 2017

In the summer of 1981, John, a brand new 14-year-old, finds himself at the Minnesota Outward Bound School in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. During this 3-week period, he discovers a world of music through cassette tapes fellow brigade-mate John Vanderslice brought along and played through a mono, portable cassette player during down time. That alone was the life changer.

John Bradford is a systems engineer here at Maine Public. He lives in Durham with his wife and son.

Musical Memory: "On the Run" by Pink Floyd

Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel

Jun 27, 2017

Elizabeth Rogers grew up in Virginia and Japan, spent summers in the woods in New Hampshire and earned degrees in history and art prior to launching a career in communications at Chicago Public Radio. From there, Elizabeth led national campaigns to expand access to dental care for underserved populations. She moved to Maine in 2005 with her husband and two children, received a master’s in health policy and management from USM, and is now a senior vice president at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Musical Memory: Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel

'The Ride of the Valkyries'

Jun 26, 2017

William G. Hupper was born in Massachusetts, and spent most of his life there, but has deep historical ties to Maine. He and his wife moved to California in 1996, where he worked in the logistics department of a multi-national company for nearly 15 years. After his retirement he moved to Maine and currently resides in Brewer. He is the author of a nine-volume work, An Index to English Periodical Literature on the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, which is the culmination of over 40 years of research. He developed software for the Macintosh computer to produce Egyptian Hieroglyphics on screen and in print. He has authored articles in theological journals as well as official government documents related to his vocation. Mr. Hupper has also been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature for over forty-five years.

Musical Memory: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre.

'Shimmy, Shimmy Ya'

Jun 23, 2017

Edwige Charlot was born in Paris, France and spent most of her childhood in Connecticut. Her most recent project include the launch of her strategy and design consultancy. Ben Weinstein was born and raised in Maine. He is a music enthusiast, an avid vinyl collector, and a former hip hop DJ on community radio.

Musical Memory: "Shimmy, Shimmy Ya" by ODB.

'Chay Yam'

Jun 22, 2017

Dave Boardman teaches Mass Media Communications at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville and works for Maine Public as the Maine Education Project’s program coordinator. Dave and his wife, Shirley Brook, adopted their children, Van, Sophie, and Cooper, in Cambodia from 1998 to 2000, and have lived in Oakland for nearly 25 years. Their children are now college students, and Dave took Sophie back to visit her homeland for the first time in the summer of 2016. He will return this summer with their oldest son, Van to explore more of the country of his birth.

Musical Memory: "Chay Yam"

'I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer'

Jun 21, 2017

Kenya Hall is a mom and a musician who lives in Portland Maine, who also believes in love and patience.

Musical Memory: "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Stevie Wonder.

'I Walk the Line'

Jun 20, 2017

Mark Woodward is a retired general contractor living in Cape Elizabeth. Currently, he spends his time making friends with his 1953 Ford Jubilee tractor and playing a rather dismal game of golf.

Musical Memory: “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.

'Make Our Garden Grow'

Jun 19, 2017

Grammy award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Mr. Richman's music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations including the symphonies of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Knoxville; 2015 saw the Albany Records release of a critically-acclaimed CD featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing three compositions including his "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth."

Musical Memory: "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.