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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'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World'

Jun 16, 2017
Glenn's daughter, Lily, at 4
Fred Field, for the Press Herald

Glenn Jordan is a sports writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Musical Memory: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

'The Concerto for Orchestra'

Jun 15, 2017

Musical Memory: "The Concerto for Orchestra" by Béla Bartók.


Jun 14, 2017

Leslee Fiveland grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, worked in international trade and shipping in the World Trade Center in New York and taught Spanish in the Bucksport Schools. She loves to travel and to visit with her extended family. At home in Maine she enjoys writing, reading, drawing, hiking, canoeing, sailing and working with wood.

Musical Memory: "Fireflies" by Paul Sullivan.

'La Traviata'

Jun 13, 2017

Jack Riddle grew up in the New York City area attending public schools there and and later graduating from the University of Michigan. A retired businessman, he and his wife Bonnie moved to Maine in 1980. He has always been a devotee of music first as a student, then as an instrumentalist, then as a volunteer and organizer. He was president of the Portland Symphony 1989-1991 and co-founded Opera Maine (formerly Portopera) in 1995. He has served on the board of Opera Maine over its 23 year history.

Musical Memory: "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi.

'Brandenburg Concerto No. 5'

Jun 12, 2017

Richard Burbank is the founder, President and CEO of Evergreen Home Performance. He enjoys organic gardening and playing accordion and concertina while singing sea shanties. Richard lives in Falmouth with his wife and three children.

Musical Memory: "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

'Everything Your Heart Desires'

Jun 9, 2017

Heidi Whitney earned her BA in English and Greek at UNH and later her MS in Education at USM. She currently teaches in Southern Maine and still sings along to the radio, much to the chagrin of her husband and son.

Musical Memory: "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Hall and Oates.


Jun 8, 2017

Sally has been a Mainer for 30 years and a clinical social worker with young children for most of those years. Now retired, as Sarah H. Waite she writes Sea Star Stories for children to help them understand complex family issues. She also makes fabric banners for friends, businesses and causes she supports.

Musical Memory: "Hiawatha" by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

'Long May You Run'

Jun 7, 2017

Ed Rice, of Orono and St. Andrews, New Brunswick, is a former newspaper reporter, newspaper editor and college instructor, and the author of Baseball's First Indian, a biography of Maine's Louis Sockalexis. An avid long distance runner who completed 27 marathons, Rice created Bangor’s popular Terry Fox 5K Run in 1982 and directed the charity event for over 20 years, a tribute run which raised over $125,000 for local breast cancer research in Maine, principally at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Musical Memory: "Long May You Run" by Neil Young.

'There's No Business Like Show Business'

Jun 6, 2017

Curt Dale Clark is Artistic Director at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Prior to joining the MSMT management team in 2013, he appeared on the Pickard stage for six seasons as an actor, including roles as Javert in Les Misérables; The Beast in Beauty and the Beast; Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone; Franz in The Producers; Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar; The UPS Man in Legally Blonde; and Harold Hill in The Music Man.

Musical Memory: "There's No Business Like Show Business" Annie Get Your Gun.

'Rock with You'

Jun 5, 2017

Bob Mills is a happy family man, teacher and musician in South Portland.

Musical Memory:  Rock with You by Michael Jackson.

'Orphan Girl'

Jun 2, 2017

Hannah Tarkinson is a Portland-based artist, designer, and musician. She founded jewelry and accessory company Ponomo in 2001. Musically, her most recent work can be heard as the vocalist for Port of Est.

Musical Memory:  Orphan Girl by Gillian Welch.

'Diggin My Potatoes'

Jun 1, 2017

A native of Arkansas, Michael Sargent is now a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Bates College.  He's also proud to have founded The Corner, a live storytelling series in Lewiston.

Musical Memory: Diggin' My Potatoes by Big Bill Broonzy.

Camp Songs

Jun 30, 2016
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith

In 2016, Steve Smith became L.L.Bean’s 4th president and CEO. While he has worked throughout the world, Steve is thrilled to come back to Maine where he worked early in his career and where he and his wife started their family. As an avid outdoorsman he is looking forward to connecting his work with a love of the outdoors, as well as reconnecting with the many Maine people who have remained his friends and colleagues through the years.

Musical Memory: The Steward Song by Geoff Saunders and Style as performed by Thirdstory.

'La Vie en Rose'

Jun 29, 2016

Musical Memory: "La Vie en Rose" as recorded by Marlene Dietrich.

'Astral Weeks'

Jun 28, 2016
Carolyn Stephens
Carolyn Stephens

Carolyn Stephens, writer of the blog Through A Widow’s Eyes and contributor to the anthology The Widows’ Handbook, is currently finishing a memoir, Heart Broken Open. A mom and small business owner, she lives, works, gardens, and writes in beautiful Portland, Maine.

Musical Memory: "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison.