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The songs are the most important thing for me. It’s important that people don’t just hear this album as a throwback record. I want them to hear it as new songs in this world.” – David Myles, on his latest album “Real Love”

Nova Scotia-based singer and songwriter David Myles has a hard time sitting still.

The music-obsessed JUNO award-winning father of two admits that if he hadn’t taken time out for this interview with The Maine Edge, he would have been at the piano or on a guitar, relishing in the joy of discovering a new melody or chord sequence.

Myles’ remarkable new album “Real Love” was released last autumn in Canada and is now available in the US and worldwide on vinyl, CD and mp3. According to Myles, the new record is the result of a personal deep dive into the music of country legend Don Gibson, the dark emotion of Roy Orbison and early rock pioneer Buddy Holly.

“I love that era of singer where they kind of still sang country ballads where the vocals were kind of slow, relaxed and they kind of crooned,” Myles said. “They were great singers but they were just taking their time while the band rocked behind them.”

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:43

Who’s thanking the Academy? A 2018 Oscars preview

Written by Allen Adams

It’s Oscar time again!

This year marks the 90th Academy Awards. 90 years of Hollywood’s biggest night of self-celebration and self-congratulation. 90 years of dazzling gowns and dapper tuxedos and impactful acceptance speeches and inane interviews on the red carpet. 90 years of excitement and disappointment.

As someone who loves the movies, I love the Oscars. Sure, they’ve grown increasingly out of touch over the years (though there’s been some solid bounceback in the last few). So what? There’s something exciting about rewarding the best of the best – even if what seems like the best of the best today might not seem so great later on down the road.

This marks the 11th Oscar preview I’ve written for The Maine Edge. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at determining just who is going to win, the reality is that there are always going to be some surprises. Hell, just look at last year, when “La La Land” was the winner for Best Picture … until it wasn’t.

OK, so maybe we won’t see THAT big a surprise this time around, but that’s the joy of it – you just never know.

Here’s a look at my predictions. I've included write-ups for the big ones - the four acting categories, director and Best Picture - and just picked the winners for the rest.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:32

Acoustic evenings with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin

Written by Mike Dow

ORONO/BROWNFIELD - Longtime friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin are about to hit the road together for the first time in March for an acoustic tour of songs and stories which will include shows at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

The duo will perform songs from each of their careers while swapping stories about their music and lives.

Lovett and Colvin’s first Maine stop on this tour is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at Orono’s Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine at 7 p.m. The next night, the pair will offer up their acoustic evening of songs and stories at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

In his excellent 2017 memoir “Change of Seasons,” John Oates - best known as one half (along with Daryl Hall) of Hall & Oates (the most successful musical duo of the rock era) - recounts the heavy influence that traditional American folk, blues and roots music has had on his life.

Readers of that chronicle (due to be reissued in paperback this May) won’t be surprised to discover that Oates has just released a brand-new album paying tribute to some of the originators of the music of America’s heartland.

Through five decades of Hall & Oates, a period that saw the duo rack up seven platinum and six gold pop and rock albums, 34 charting Billboard hits (including six #1 singles) and more than 80 million in sales, Oates has never forgotten about the folk and blues singers that captivated him during his formative years.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:08

A Valentine’s variety pack

Written by Allen Adams

Valentine’s Day is almost here!

We’re not here to tell you that your feelings about this particular holiday – good, bad or indifferent – are right or wrong. No, we thought that with the day fast approaching, rather than just offer up the standard V-Day blah-blah-blah, we might instead share with you some random assorted thoughts about love and the holiday and the stuff that sometimes comes with it.

The following are lists of things that are connected to Valentine’s Day or pop culture’s portrayals of love … more or less. We’re taking a look at a few bests and worsts in entertainment’s takes on romance, along with some drink ideas and gift no-nos and whatnot.

It ain’t Cupid’s arrow, but at least we took our shot. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:37

Breaking down Super Bowl LII

Written by Allen Adams

Five months ago, 32 NFL teams took to the field with a singular goal – get to Minneapolis and hoist aloft the Lombardi Trophy as the winners of Super Bowl LII.

And now 32 have become two – the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are squaring off to determine who will be crowned NFL champions. On one of the largest stages in all of the media – hundreds of millions will tune in to watch this contest – these two teams will settle it all on the field.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:35

Vinyl revival - What goes around comes around

Written by Mike Dow

Just two short decades ago, the future of vinyl records appeared dire. CD sales eclipsed record sales for the first time, five years after cassettes did the same thing.

But thanks to longtime fans who never lost faith in the medium, as well as younger fans intrigued by the notion of owning their music in a tangible format, vinyl has seen an incredible boom in recent years; a worldwide trend. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:24

New to view – 18 new shows for 2018

Written by Allen Adams

Remember when the fall television lineups were all that mattered?

It wasn't so long ago that that autumn offerings were the be-all and end-all of new TV. Shows that made their debuts in January were considered little more than filler, with the term “midseason replacement” taking on a derogatory tone.

However, as the ways in which we consume television have changed, so too have our attitudes regarding when shows join their respective lineups. Instead of an afterthought, this second season has become a viable entity in its own right, with loads of interesting programming arriving on your screens of choice.

Broadcast networks, premium and basic cable outlets, streaming services - everybody has something for the viewer looking for something new to consume this winter. If nothing else, it seems likely that all tastes - highbrow, lowbrow and everything in-between - will be addressed.

Have a look at some of the intriguing options that are en route.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:03

A decade of dice – SnowCon X

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – Game enthusiasts from all over the region are poised to descend on Bangor. The Cross Insurance Center is playing host to SnowCon, the locally-born gaming convention that is marking ten years. The event takes place on Jan. 13 and 14, with a kick-off event (the delightfully-named “So You Meet in a Tavern” – this year’s gathering is a “Pirate vs. Ninja Trivia Party,” which sounds like a hoot) at Mason’s Brewing Company on Jan. 12.

An unsuspecting person, hand raised, stands curbside somewhere in New York City. A clean taxi approaches and the passenger takes a seat in the back while stating their destination. The driver, with head bowed, mumbles in a strange voice as the passenger looks on with concern.

Suddenly a fanfare blast of music jolts the passenger upright as the inner ceiling of the taxi begins flashing a bank of multi-colored lights. The driver turns toward his passenger and says “You’re in the ‘Cash Cab!’ It’s a TV game show that takes place right here in my taxi. What do you say, want to play?” 

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