Wow. It hits me every year, despite the fact that I've been out of school for nine trillion years. Every mid-August the feeling never fails to unnerve me.
Catch her live on Thursday, August 8 as part of the Alive at Five Music Series at Monument Square in Portland along with Arc of Sky and Jeff Beam. The music starts at 5 p.m.
Let me start by saying, to quote "Gone with the Wind:" "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," about the Royals or the world's obsession with William and Kate's newborn son. I've never understood the obsession. But I'm more than happy to poke fun at it.
So get this. The good people here at The Press Herald let me book an act, interview them, and have them play some music right here in our cool new studio.
I can only imagine the songwriting inspiration that has been drawn from all of the North Pond Hermit news of late. I know I recently rewrote a few lines of Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero" with the words "North Pond Hermit" in the refrain. It goes a little like this:
I love radio. Don't you? I mean good, dare I say, old-fashioned live radio. And so you had better believe that I love Maine Public Radio. I love just about everything on it, except maybe for when Garrison Keillor sings during "A Prairie Home Companion."
When David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" aired in 1990 and' 91, I couldn't watch it. Not for lack of interest, but because it was on Sunday nights which is when my college radio show shift happened.
Folk singer Michelle Shocked promised Nicole Sandler, host of The Nicole Sandler Show on the progressive internet radio station Ready or Not Radio radioornot.com that she'd appear live on the show this morning.
Eddie Money, the man behind such rock classics as "Two Tickets To Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Take Me Home Tonight" and my personal guilty pleasure favorite "Shakin" is in Portland for a sold-out show tonight at Asylum.
When I think of Michelle Shocked, I think of the liberal, anti-establishment singer-songwriter who has penned many songs that are permanently tattoed in my musical DNA. Songs like "Anchorage," "When I Grow Up" and especially "Come A Long Way."