Music That Moves Me - Audio Diaries

June 2016

Welcome to Music That Moves ME Project

Music That Moves ME is unique audio diary series that airs on Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Classical each June. Each weekday that month we post up a new audio diary of people sharing their passion and love for music as a very powerful reminder of the role music plays in all of our lives. Take a few minutes and explore some of the great stories that have come our way!

Click here to read submitted written musical memories from our audience.

Each year Maine Public also holds an instrument drive as part of the Music That Moves ME program. Donated instruments are distributed to needy young musicians across the state. Contact Cory Morrissey,, for more information or to arrange for an instrument drop off.

Ways to Connect

'St. Paul's Suite'

Jun 9, 2016
Becky Brimley
Becky Brimley

Becky Brimley lives in Belfast, Maine with her husband Stephen, daughters Rosie and Isi and four cats and currently sings with Mid-Coast Community Chorus.

Musical Memory: St. Paul's Suite by Gustov

'And So It Goes'

Jun 8, 2016
Sally Bancroft
Sally Bancroft

Sally Bancroft lives in Yarmouth with her husband, Ron, and serves as a trustee for the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Musical Memory: And So It Goes by Billy Joel, as recorded by Princeton's Roaring '20s

'Sing, Sing, Sing'

Jun 7, 2016
Adam and Shep Lee
Adam and Shep Lee

Adam Lee is the Chairman of the Board at Lee Auto Malls. He lives in Cumberland with his wife and 19 year old twins, 2 horses, 2 cats, 3 dogs, and anywhere from 35 to 25 chickens depending upon the fox.

Musical Memory: Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa

'I'd Like To Get To Know You'

Jun 6, 2016
Irwin Gratz

Irwin was born and reared in New York City and, while he never hiked miles to school, he did walk up six flights of stairs every day to the apartment his family lived in until he was nearly 19. Irwin remains a lover of subway rides, egg creams, and the New York Mets. He moved to Maine in 1978 and worked a dozen years in commercial radio in Sanford, then Portland, before beginning to freelance for MPBN in 1990. He's been local anchor of Morning Edition on Maine Public Radio since September 1992.

Musical Memory: I'd Like To Get To Know You by Spanky and Our Gang

'Freddie Freeloader'

Jun 3, 2016
Gordon Lutz
Gordon Lutz

Before retiring to rehabilitate the 1838 Holden farmhouse he calls home, Gordon Lutz spent 40-plus years meddling in enterprises devoted to motion pictures, commercial photography, music, journalism and even — though MPBN maybe loathe to admit it — public broadcasting, which he thanks for this chance to act out.

Musical Memory: Freddie Freeloader from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.

'Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 4th Movement'

Jun 2, 2016
Kathryn Dion
Kathryn Dion

Kathryn Dion lives in Yarmouth and is the president and co-founder of Bigelow Investment Advisors in Portland.

Musical Memory: Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 4th Movement recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on December 14th, 1972; Leonard Bernstein conducts.

'The Great Selchie of Shule Skerry'

Jun 1, 2016
Nancy and Abbott Meader
Abbott Meader

Abbott Meader, the son of Albion, Maine parents, is a Dartmouth graduate, an artist, and a retired professor of art.

Musical Memory: The Great Selchie of Shule Skerry as recorded by Judy Collins.

Cathryn Douglass is a MPBN Radio listener.

Jenni Tilton Flood is a MPBN Radio listener.

Adam Ayan is an audio mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland.

Carol Ward is a MPBN Radio listener.

Amie Milo is a MPBN Radio listener.

David Shaw is a MPBN Radio listener.

Gail Thompson is Executive Director of The Grand Nonprofit Performing Arts Center in Ellsworth.

Sue Tremblay is a MPBN Radio listener.