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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"Little Children"

Jun 29, 2018

Originally from Gorham, Chris Moore is a pianist, violinist, and mandolin player. He has composed, performed, and recorded music for dance, film, television, spoken word, theater, solo performance, and visual art projects. Chris spent several years living in New York and Nashville, and he returned to Maine in 2013 to work as the Director of Music Education for 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth. Chris composed the theme music to Maine Public's Poems From Here.

Musical Memory: "Little Children," a traditional Shaker community song

"Wharf Rat"

Jun 28, 2018

Brian Kevin is the managing editor of Down East magazine. He's the author of "The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America" and has written for Outside, The New York Times, Audubon, Men's Journal, Travel and Leisure, The Atlantic, and other publications. He's a Maine transplant following a childhood and adolescence in Wisconsin and adult stints in Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon. He lives in Hope with his wife and two sons.

Musical Memory: "Wharf Rat" by Grateful Dead

"Where Do the Children Play?"

Jun 27, 2018

Lisa Pohlmann is the executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She was born in Iowa and moved to Maine in 1979 – a period when a great number of young people were moving to Maine because of its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and back-to-the-land culture. Lisa has been managing progressive nonprofit organizations for 37 years in Maine, working to stop domestic violence, promote economic and social justice, and, now, protect the environment. A resident of Jefferson, Lisa has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis and camps across Maine.

Musical Memory: "Where Do the Children Play?" by Cat Stevens

Balkan Folk Songs

Jun 26, 2018

John Shepard lives in Union, Maine where he owns and operates an automotive repair shop specializing in imported cars and vintage sports cars. He has sung and toured internationally with Down East Singers, based in Rockport and directed by Anthony Antolini. John is managing his midlife crisis by having an affair with several beautiful and exotic Italian accordions. 

Musical Memory: Balkan folk songs

"Ára Bátur"

Jun 25, 2018

Kevin Oates is the founder and executive director of Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides music education through collaboration with national artists, creating transformational experiences for orchestral students ages 12 to 18. With a background in public school teaching as well as touring and performing with artists, Kevin is driven toward setting the new standard of application-based music education and getting every student engaged through music in and out of the classroom. He has been featured on NPR's First Watch with Bob Boilen and TEDx. He co-hosts a podcast, Bach to Bock, which opens up the world of classical music, one beer at a time. 

Musical Memory: "Ára Bátur" by Sigur Rós

"Between Two Lungs"

Jun 22, 2018
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Cyndi Lou is a Portland-based tattoo artist. She currently lives with her partner, rescue pittie and two cats. She is 17 years journeying with LAM.

Musical Memory: "Between Two Lungs" by Florence and the Machine

"I've Got a Girl Named Boney Maronie"

Jun 21, 2018

Marge Irvine was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Brooklin, Maine.  Thanks to age and luck, she's managed to avoid hipsters in both of those places. Retired from full-time teaching at the University of Maine, she still teaches one class every fall and continues her work as a scholar and facilitator with the Maine Humanities Council.

Musical Memory: "I've Got a Girl Named Boney Maronie" by Larry Williams

Beethoven's Symphony No. 3

Jun 20, 2018

Now in his 38th year with Maine Public, Charles Beck serves as our vice president for content for radio and television, overseeing the programming and operations of both services. While he may be "from away," Maine has been Charles's home more than any other place.

Musical Memory: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) by Ludwig van Beethoven

"Dies Irae"

Jun 19, 2018

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman is an assistant professor of music, choral conducting and the director of choral studies at the University of Southern Maine's School of Music and the director of the Southern Maine Children's Chorus. He also serves as the artistic director of the Community Chorus at South Berwick.

Musical Memory: "Dies Irae" from Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem 

"Compared to What"

Jun 18, 2018

Todd the Rocket is a musician, DJ, and music producer living in Westbrook, Maine. He is the founder of music and media site, The Downbeat Renaissance, telling stories about the roots of music, movements, and culture.

Musical Memory: "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels, as recorded by Roberta Flack


Jun 15, 2018

Lewis Robinson lives in Portland, Maine and is the author of the story collection "Officer Friendly" and the novel "Water Dogs."

Musical Memory: "Snowbird" by Anne Murray

Edith Frey Read

Jun 14, 2018

Kirk Read teaches French and Francophone Studies at Bates College. He sings in a Portland early music a cappella group, Renaissance Voices, and recently honored his mother's theatrical past by playing Roy Cohn in the Bates production of Angels in America.

Musical Memory: The vocal music of his mother, Edith Frey Read

"The Reach"

Jun 13, 2018

Ann Rothschild grew up in Rockford, Illinois. She went to the University of Denver where she spent her time as a ski instructor. She has degrees in music, education and social work. Ann is on the board of the Farnsworth Museum and the Islesboro Island Community Center.

Musical Memory: "The Reach" by Dan Fogelberg

"Arrival of the Queen of Sheba"

Jun 12, 2018


Irv Williams is a native of Baltimore but has made Maine his home since 1973. He had a very short career in broadcasting, co-anchoring a pirate AM radio station for one summer in the mid 1960s from a secret location on the Chesapeake Bay. He is currently a part-time caregiver for two (soon to be three) grandchildren and enjoys traveling, camping in Maine and the Maritimes, and, of course, listening to Maine Public and NPR. He is married and lives in South Portland. 

Musical Memory: "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by George Frideric Handel, performed by Academy of St. Martins in the Fields, heard on Morning Pro Musica with Robert J. Lurtsema

"Road to Zion"

Jun 11, 2018

Nick Jenkins is an 18-year-old pilot, musician, and student. He is an avid concertgoer and loves to meet artists after their shows. When he's not going to concerts or studying, you can find him in the sky enjoying his private pilot license or in the studio with his band Rest Assured, the 2018 MAAM Slam Champions. He will be attending Purdue this fall majoring in Professional Flight and hopes to find some people interested in forming another band.

Musical Memory: "Road to Zion" by Damian Marley (featuring Nas)