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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)


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.