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MusicViews - Music as a Bloodstream

For an overview of the MusicViews column, visit the "What is MusicViews?" page.

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With love and honor for the gift of music, Kimmy Sophia Brown

View the complete list of MusicViews from One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine.
(They're also intermixed in the list below.)

Deb Hensley and Katey Branch Katey Branch and Deb Hensley:
A Joyful Celebration of Motherhood
Venue: Bhakti In Motion Yoda Studio, Portland, Maine
~ May 10, 2014 ~
Two singer/songwriter mothers, Katey Branch and Deb Hensley, were there to entertain us and to honor motherhood. It felt unusually intimate because we were sitting in a circle with the singers. more
Ari and Mia Ari and Mia - "Land on Shore"
~ CD Review ~
Ari and Mia make exceptional music. The first cut, “Turn Me Round,” is softly sung and strung wonderfully upon a delicate acoustic web. In fact, all the tunes are poetic and artistically executed. more
Heather Maloney and Darlingside Heather Maloney + Darlingside: "Woodstock"
~ EP Review ~
Oh, this collection is just good beyond words. The musical boys of Darlingside are matched up with the ethereal femininity of Heather Maloney for this EP, and they are a revelation. ... The first cut, “You Forget,” is comprised of lush strings, sincere vocalizations, and is ripe with the longing sadness that depicts young love. ... more
Smithfield Fair - Companions Smithfield Fair - Companions
~ CD Review ~
Smithfield Fair has released a delightful compilation CD, re-releasing fourteen tracks from their early career along with six new recordings. more
Mary Fahl Mary Fahl is a Diamond in the Sky of Song
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland Maine ~ April 18, 2014 ~
... She has a voice for the ages. She’s not a placid, sing-songy, half-way kind of person. She engages her whole being with her voice, and pours the passion into it. She throws her head back and becomes a column of light. ... more
Kim Taylor Kim Taylor - Love's A Dog
~ CD Review ~
Kim Taylor is an Indie singer/songwriter from Cincinatti. She writes songs with marketable hooks ala Sheryl Crowe, but has a bluesy side more like Susan Tedeschi. Her husky and expressive voice is woven admist strong musical arrangements. more
Tall Heights Tall Heights – Man of Stone
~ CD Review ~
My heart is torn open by the beauty of the young male energy which surges from these compositions and performances. It’s hard to believe that this group is only two guys with a guitar and a cello. more
The Plainfields The Plainfields Bring Hope and Relief
~ EP Review ~
This EP is a joyous and laid back excursion into lovely memories and contemplative moments. The seven songs are full of light and love. You won’t find any rage or angst here. The EP notes state that it was created based on their love of nature... more
Jason Anick Jason Anick and Friends Conjure Musical Alchemy
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ February 6, 2014 ~
They started out with a Django Reinhardt tune. I closed my eyes and I felt the stresses of the day fall away. These guys were so good, I relaxed into their excellence. more
Susan Cattaneo Susan Cattaneo Excels with "Haunted Heart"
~ CD Review ~
It is an honor to hear an album of this caliber. Susan Cattaneo conveys exceptional qualities here. In fact, I get the sense that the musicians who collaborated with her feel that way too. more



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