I remember my high school days well, and other then my parents and their musicians friends who were local musicians, I don’t really remember many other groups. I do remember when I heard about Rustic Overtones from a friend who performed one of their pieces for a lip sync competition at school, and won.
In college I had the opportunity to meet and play with a lot of younger musicians, who were trying to find their way into the local music scene and make a way as a musician in Maine, which as you might expect, is rather difficult to do. Since that time though, I have come to realize how many musicians are in Maine, and making a vibrant and interesting music scene in our state. From Reggae groups to cover bands to grunge to Jazz groups, the state has a lot to offer for music, and it is a vital part of the economy and our spirits.
Every semester I try to teach students in all music classes about how music plays a role in our life, and we try to dig a bit deeper to think about all the facets about what makes this Music so important.
To start thinking about local musicians and music, (1) write a blog post below about what you know about the maine music scene, and discuss what live music you may have seen in Maine, and how much of it may have been performed by local musicians. Also talk about why you think it is or isn’t important to support the local music scene, and why the local music scene may be important to the community. If you know about any local bands or musicians, talk about them in your post, and tell us what you know without doing any research. (2) I would also like to see that you have read other people’s posts, and respond to them with something that you might know about someone’s post or something that might disagree with them about. Make this appropriate comments that illustrate that you read their post, and thought about it. (Due 5/17)