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Pastor Tells Organist To Stop Messiaen Around And Play Silent Night

west auburn maine organ player2AUBURN — As the West Auburn Congregational Church prepared for it’s annual Christmas Pageant, Charlie Marshall prepared his “corner” of the church for another performance in his 70 years of service as the church organist. One parishioner called him the “owner of the place.” Marshall was quick to point skyward and make clear “He” is the owner. Still, manning the same bench for 70 years should at least make Marshall a branch manager. “You have to get the motor running,” Marshall said as he fired up the organ in front of the church. It’s the second instrument he has used in his tenure as Minister of Music. As the church filled up with performers and parishioners, the Rev. John Williams joked with a small boy dressed as a cow for the living nativity. “My first service here was in June of 1945,” Marshall said. The 86-year-old Marshall said he was only 17 years old when he started. He made attempts to retire but the church said otherwise. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

UMaine Grad Offers Post-Apocalyptic Vision Of Bangor, Also Known As Tuesday

post apocalyptic bangor maineArtist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of Maine, was recently featured on sci-fi, fantasy and pop culture site io9, showcasing an image of the Bangor Waterfront that he altered in an incredibly imaginative way. Apparently, in the future, we still get just as much snow as always, and Brewer is a glimmering bastion of streamlined future-buildings. According to his website, Cousens specializes in creating photorealistic digital environments. Some of these he uses simply as individual works of art, but many he creates in his professional life, as a digital matte painter in the film and TV industry. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Grateful Dead Manager Asks Interviewer What Was The Question Again, Again

grateful dead managerIt was the summer of 1966 – at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam, with the Civil Rights Movement in full bloom – when 23-year-old Richard Loren embarked on a pop cultural journey with some of the most influential rock icons of the day. That transformative time was reflected in the revolutionary spirit of the music being made. “Bob Dylan turned the Beatles on to some dope and we went from ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,'” recalled Loren in an interview from his home in Nobleboro. “Rock was a movement then. It was the catalyst for change, the driving force behind the counter-culture.” Over the next decade and a half, Loren went from booking hot new rock acts like the Doors and Jefferson Airplane in New York City to organizing the Grateful Dead’s legendary concerts at the pyramids of Giza in 1978.

Death Metal Bands Want To Remind You To Only Fantasize About Killing Yourself And Everyone You Ever Met

bangor rise above festThe third annual Rise Above Fest — a day long music festival featuring metal and hard rock bands, benefiting suicide prevention organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets for the spring concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, via Ticketmaster, in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The festival, a collaboration between Waterfront Concerts and the band Seether, will feature Seether as headliner for the second year in a row, along with New England hard rock band Godsmack, which is making its third appearance on the Bangor Waterfront. Also headlining the concert will be legendary guitarist Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and rockers Papa Roach. The lineup is rounded out by All That Remains and the Butcher Babies. The festival’s name is taken from the song, “Rise Above This,” which Seether front man Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother. His brother took his own life seven years ago before he ever got a chance to hear it and it was that experience that brought about the creation of Rise Above Fest. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Elderly Man Recalls Turning The Machines On

glyns johns biographyFifty-five years into a career that he admits he stumbled upon almost by accident, legendary producer and engineer Glyn Johns has finally done something he swore he would never do – write the story of his life recording the greatest artists in rock.  “For many years, people have brought it up and I always said, ‘No way,’” Johns says with a laugh during a recent phone interview. Fortunately for classic rock fans, Johns changed his mind.  Johns’s just-released memoir “Sound Man” (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House) is a fast moving chronicle of a life immersed in music. Self-effacingly, he says he only happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right people.  Those people include Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, The Eagles, The Steve Miller Band, The Small Faces, Procol Harum, Traffic, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Neil Young and dozens more recorded by Johns in his first decade in the studio. Among the behind-the-board tales in “Sound Man” are the first Rolling Stones session; The Kinks’ epochal singles “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night;” The Who’s “My Generation” and later albums including “Who’s Next,” where Johns served as producer. He remembers being asked by Bob Dylan to oversee what could have been the greatest rock super-friend alliance of all time – a joint album by Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Johns describes visiting each Beatle and Rolling Stone to gauge their reaction to Dylan’s idea. All but Jagger and McCartney were on board, he says, with George Harrison and Keith Richards being the most vocal supporters.  (read more at the Maine Edge)

Crummy Father Starts Wondering What Grilled Penguin Tastes Like After Only Ten Minutes Of Daughter’s Favorite Movie

penguins of madagascarThe current tendency for the makers of animated movies is to find ways to make them accessible to multiple generations on multiple levels – call it the Pixar model, though the folks at Disney proper have been following suit with their more recent offerings. The DreamWorks team, on the other hand, has trended toward the sillier side of things. While the studio’s films haven’t lacked for heart – the “How to Train Your Dragon” movies spring immediately to mind – their offerings seem to skew toward the broad joke/goofy pun side of things. And sometimes, that’s precisely what you want. “Penguins of Madagascar” is a spin-off from the wildly successful “Madagascar” franchise, starring the aforementioned penguins. These relatively minor characters have been given a vehicle of their own – and they take the wheel with complete abandon. The four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”) the leader; Kowalski (Chris Miller, “Turbo”), the brains; Rico (Conrad Vernon, “Puss in Boots”), the demolition expert; and Private (Christopher Knights, “Megamind”), the cute one – have gone out on their own, seeking out new adventures. (read more at the Maine Edge)

J. Geils Wows The Audience At The Cross Center With Their Hit, ‘First I Look At The Nurse’

J Geils bandFor the 50-somethings, 60-somethings and 70-somethings who packed the Cross Insurance Centre in Bangor Saturday night to see Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and J. Geils Band, it felt like the 1970s all over again. More  than 7,000 people sang nearly every lyric of ever song that both bands belted out over three hours. For many in the audience, hearing classic J. Geils Band songs like “House Party,” “Love Stinks,” “Give It to Me” and “Detroit Breakdown” was like being in high school or college again. When the 69-year-old Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band took the stage, this group of Baby Boomers were transported back to 2014  and relived their journey through life with an American rock legend who went on that journey with them every step of the way. (see more at

Accordion Ensemble To Perform At Church To Remind Sinners What Might Happen To Them In The Afterlife

maine squeeze orchestraThe Edgecomb Congregational Church will be hosting an afternoon of “Holiday Music From Around the World” played by the Maine Squeeze Accordion Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. The special performance will feature such holiday and Christmas favorites as the “Carol of the Bells,” a Ukrainian carol; “Lulaj ze Jesunui — Lullaby for Sweet Jesus,” a Polish carol; “Still, Still, Still,” an Austrian carol; “Mele Kalikimaka,” a Hawaiian themed Christmas song; and “Ocho Kandelikas — Eight Little Candles,” a Jewish song celebrating the holiday of Hanukkah. The concert of lively holiday music will begin at 3 in the Sanctuary of Edgecomb Congregational Church located at 15 Cross Point Road, Edgecomb. All are welcome! Come join us for a wonderful afternoon of lively, foot tapping accordion music as we celebrate the Spirit of the season. Refreshments will be served. Free will offerings are gratefully accepted. For further information please call the Edgecomb Congregational Church at 207-822-4060.

Lincoln County Historical Association Trying To Figure Out Where To Display A Signed Devo Concert Poster

lincoln county maine historical societyAt the Lincoln County Historical Association’s annual meeting on Saturday evening, Nov. 8, president Ed Kavanagh thanked volunteers for their tireless efforts in promoting the goals of the organization this year. The combination meeting and social gathering filled the spacious Benjamin Brown House on High Street with the sounds of merry laughter that surely signal the beginning of a joyous winter season. Kavanagh reminded the group of the volunteer hours put in by docents at each of LCHA’s sites: the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden; the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset; and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. The docents spent at least one or two afternoons each month guiding tours and maintaining the appearance of the buildings. They also served on the stewardship committees, attending to more intense preservation projects. (read more at the Boothbay Register)

Center For Maine Contemporary Art Worried That Their New Gallery Might Not Be Ugly Enough

center for maine contemporary artROCKPORT — Contractors plan to begin tearing down a building in Rockland on Monday to make way for a new home for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The art center will move seven miles south to downtown Rockland in July 2016. The move signals the end of a long relationship between Rockport village, where the influential arts organization has been since it opened in 1952, and the beginning of a new chapter in the midcoast’s cultural hub. Now vacant, the building that is coming down beginning Monday most recently housed four art galleries. Demolition and site cleanup should last a week, and the foundation for the new building will be poured the first week of November, said CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. Construction will last 18 months. “It’s exciting to finally reach this moment,” McAvoy said. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, and now we’re finally moving forward.” Designed by architect Toshiko Mori, the new building will include an open-air courtyard, large windows that will capture north-facing light, and more flexible exhibition space. Most of the exterior is graphite gray, with a glass wall lining the courtyard. It will feel industrial and modern, with high ceilings and a concrete floor. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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