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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: August 19, 2014

Songs in the key of Sugar…

Today is  the 50th birthday of the wonderful Sally, copy editor here at the Portland Press Herald. We love Sally. She’s a gourmet baker and always brings in cakes when someone is celebrating. She also is known to bring in random baked goods on a regular basis. Like I said, we love Sally.


I don’t eat sugar.

I broke up with it a little over a year ago.

So when we made Sally’s birthday extra special today by bringing in  a total of FOURTEEN cakes today, I was happy for her but sad for myself. All day long I’ve watched as reporters and others have helped themselves to the vast array of sugary delights just a few  mere feet from where I sit.

But I found the silver lining. I started thinking about sugar, candy and cake songs.  As with all my playlists, I have to like the song or at least be amused by it. So no, you won’t hear Sheena Easton’s “Sugar Walls” or “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies.

You will however hear a few other carefully selected gems extracted from the depths of my sugar-free, tormented mind.

Honeyed Out” by Kris Delmhorst. This one says it all.

“MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer. (because I knew her version before Richard Harris’ and much prefer Summer’s. But we may never know who on earth anyone would leave a cake out in the rain). WHY?

“Spin Spin Sugar” by The Sneaker Pimps. Because 1997 called but they can’t have their song back. At least not yet.

  “I Want Candy” by Bow Bow Bow. Because who doesn’t?

“I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl” by Nina Simone. Because she’s the high priestess of soul. Though I don’t think this song is about actual sugar.

“Sugar” by Tori Amos. Because it’s Tori’s world. We’re just living in it.

“Lips Like Sugar” by Echo & the Bunnymen. I don’t feel like I need to explain this one.

“Sugar on my Tongue” by Talking Heads. Because I love Talking Heads.

“Candy O” by The Cars. Because I grew up near Boston so automatically like The Cars.

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