It's Monday in late March. My legs ache beautifully. The strong sensory memory of a Bag Burger lingers. The vista seen from the Snowfields still moves my skier's soul. And those turns a few days after 15" of snow: damn it's good to be alive on the same planet as Sugarloaf. I was lucky enough … Continue reading Giving Sugarloaf its Propers: An Update to My Sunday River Love Story
In the seven years I've lived in Maine, I've entertained the Sunday River vs. Sugarloaf comparison ad nauseum. For years I was on the Sugarloaf side, and to a certain extent, I still am. During my early years in Maine, I lived virtually equidistant to both mountains. Sugarloaf seemed to have stronger terrain, better skiers, … Continue reading Sunday River and Me: An Unlikely Love Story
Jerry, buddy, the sun’s just come up. It’s six in the morning here, so it’s midnight in New England. I’m glad I didn’t wake you, but I did hope to talk. I haven’t been to bed yet, buddy. It’s brilliant here. That’s what they say about everything—brilliant. It’s come to me though. All of it. … Continue reading Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Oxford Blue In Green
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly less diverse. Languages are dying by the minute as indigenous peoples become modernized. Dialects are getting watered down by the influx of media. Local color in every nook and cranny of the world is under assault from the far reach of corporate brand-washing. A beautiful reaction … Continue reading Drinking Beer Can Save Your Community
Cassie, I’m sorry for filling your voicemail, but I keep getting cut off. I just can’t believe about Daniel. Why is he doing this? Doesn’t he remember about Sunday school? Your husband was the teacher, for God’s sake! But I’m sure you’ve been over this in your head and in your conversations with your new … Continue reading Submission to NPR’s Three Minute Fiction: Sad Eyes Hazel
Let's get something clear right off: Josh Ritter is the best singer/songwriter on the scene these days. Best is a slippery term, but I stand behind my diction. Argue as you probably should with such a bold statement, Ritter is the man who gave us "The Temptation of Adam" (Historical Conquests) and "The Curse" (So … Continue reading Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks, Josh Ritter
This is a question I've been asking myself and fellow musicians for years. I've heard emphatic yes's from musicians who claim it gives their talents an enthusiastic crowd they might not otherwise have access to. I've also witnessed colossal rants from song-writers who demand that the tyranny of the Clash be ended because it waters … Continue reading Is the Clash of the Titans Good for the Portland Music Scene?