Phish Lyricist Tom Marshall Launches “Under The Scales” Podcast Series [Listen]

first_imgNext to many classic Phish songs is the credit (Anastasio/Marshall), a testament to the songwriting duo of Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall. The longtime friends and musical partners have written countless tunes in the band’s repertoire, so it’s no surprise that Marshall would want to talk about said music. Fortunately for us, Marshall has started a new podcast called “Under The Scales,” where he dives deeper into the Phish culture from his unique perspective.Marshall launched the series with three episodes. The first talks about the motivation behind the podcast, the second discusses a songwriting weekend that led to some of Phish’s most prized material, and the third talks about “Riding The Rail” at shows. Check out all three episodes, with titles and Marshall’s descriptions, below.Episode #000: Let’s Take A RideMy producer, Mark Dowd, and I take a ride through Trey’s and my old grade-school, and discuss some history and motivation behind the Under the Scales podcast.Episode #001: The Songwriting WeekendIn 1997, Trey and I escaped for long weekends to write a lot of songs which eventually appeared on Phish albums and became part of Phish’s live repertoire. This is the story of one of those weekends, and how it got off to a *horrifying* start. Trey listened to this and said “it’s like the secret backstory to the song Twist” — and it really is.Episode #002: Riding the RailDerek Gregory joins me in the studio to discuss his extensive experience with Phish…he likes it up close to the band. Real close. I try to figure out the hows and whys of “riding the rail” as it’s called.We can’t wait for more Under The Scales!last_img read more

Boil Water Advisory Issued For Mayville Residents

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) U.S. Air Force Stock PhotoMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is asking all customers of the Village of Mayville water supply to boil all water for drinking and cooking.Water service to several Mayville water customers was interrupted last night due to a water main leak.Service has since been restored to all customers, but as a precaution they must boil their water until further notice.Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute then cooled prior to use. Officials say do not drink the water without boiling it first or use bottled water until further notice. The Department says when the distribution pipes and mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the system.  Boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms that could be present.  Some customers may notice brown water or air in the water when first turning on water taps.  Air can be bled out by slowly opening taps and running water at a slow rate.  They say run cold water until clear before using hot water.The Village will be flushing water mains and collecting water samples over the next two days. Customers will be informed when tests confirm that no harmful bacteria are present in the system and you no longer need to boil your water.  It is anticipated the boil water order will be lifted sometime this week.For more information, contact the Village of Mayville at 716-753-2125 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 716-753-4481.last_img read more

Cedric Neal on Playing Berry Gordy in London’s Motown & What He Misses Most About NYC

first_img Cedric Neal’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but the Texas-born performer is now U.K.-based, to the benefit of audiences that can see him starring as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, which opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre. caught up with the charming Neal to talk living legends and hitting that top B-flat.How are you feeling as you make your West End debut?Let me tell you, the whole thing has been a whirlwind experience! I got called into audition for Motown when it was in New York three times, and three times something came up. So it’s divine timing that my husband and I moved over to London and the opportunity came up here.Was the offer always to play Berry Gordy?In New York, I’d had one audition for Stevie Wonder and another for someone else, so I was sure in London that they were going to call me in for Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye but they said, no, it’s Berry Gordy!Has Mr. Gordy seen your performance yet?He came to previews and [was there] opening night. The night he was in, he came by my dressing room before the show basically to tell us, “You guys have this” and not to be nervous because he’s notorious for having notes. There’s even a line in the show where Diana Ross says, “Notes, notes, always notes!”In which case, what were his notes?He came backstage after the curtain call and—I call him Pops—I said to him, “So, Pops, are we getting our notes tonight or in the morning?” And he said, “I have no notes at all.” When I posted that on Facebook, a friend responded, “See? Miracles do happen!”It must be daunting playing a figure who is also a producer and the writer on this show.True, but I’m in an interesting position as against Charl Brown [2013 Tony nominee, who plays Smokey Robinson] or Lucy St. Louis [who plays Diana Ross] in that they are playing living legends who are recognizable by face and body, whereas nobody knows the temperament or physicality of Berry Gordy. They only know the artist. So I get to play what Berry Gordy thinks he sounds like when he’s singing.Are you a good fit physically?There’s definitely a resemblance! His longtime assistant Mario said at the last dress rehearsal that I was the one of this show’s various Berry Gordys who looks the most like him.How would you describe the part if you had to do a character breakdown of it?A charismatic, charming, vision-driven male who can sing up to a B-flat—and who happens to be Berry Gordy!You’ve got easily the biggest part in the show—is it a tough sing?The first song he sings in act one is “To Be Loved” which is an emotional roller-coaster right off the bat, and then more than two-and-a-half hours later I’m singing, “Can I Close the Door (On Love),” which is one of the two songs Berry wrote for the show. I call it my Jennifer Holliday moment.What about that inimitable Motown sound: was that part of your DNA?Definitely! My parents had three boys and my younger sister and all of us sang. My dad would be singing The Temptations with me and my brothers as the background singers, while my mom was singing Gladys Knight. It was a very loud household.The music is so infectious that it must be hard to shake off.It is a part of my life, yes. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is one of my favorite albums of all time and is always in rotation in my iPad—but one thing I do when I get to the theater is to refuse to listen to any of the music from the show so that it’s fresh when I am in the show.So many of the same musicals are running here and on Broadway: do you feel as you never left home?In a way yes, but in a totally opposite way, I’m very well aware that I’m not in New York anymore. London has been nothing but receptive to my talents and the gifts I have to offer. I’m well aware of divine positioning and believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.And in a bigger role than you have so far got to play on Broadway.Well, it’s no secret in New York when casting agents and directors see you as a certain thing that it can be hard to get past that. I was getting wonderful featured ensemble roles in New York, but I don’t think it was easy for them to see me as the leading man because they didn’t know me as one.You’ve been in Dreamgirls before in the U.S., and the show is now coming to London at the end of the year. Any interest in reprising it here?I’ll just say this: I’ve done Dreamgirls three times in the States, twice as James “Thunder” Early and once as C.C., and I think I’ve had my fill of Dreamgirls. I love that show and wish the London production nothing but success, but there are some other roles out there.Do you miss New York?The thing I miss about New York is that I can’t celebrate all the things happening this season with the Shuffle Along cast and The Color Purple cast and the On Your Feet cast. I miss not being able to celebrate with them.But this part surely represents ample compensation.I don’t know how this is going to sound but London is keeping me from missing New York. 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Start of fall sports season delayed until Sept. 8

first_img Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Fall sports will start later than originally planned after the Maine Principals’ Association elected Tuesday to delay the start of the 2020 season.Practices will now begin Sept. 8, three weeks later than the original start date of Aug. 17. To account for that change, the date teams are eligible to hold their first countable games, matches and meets has been pushed back from Sept. 4 to Sept. 18.The MPA Interscholastic Management Committee’s decision came following a recommendation by the body’s Sports Medicine Committee. The move, according to the MPA’s press release, “will allow districts to work on their return-to-school plan without the worry of starting fall sports.”“I think it’s the right decision,” Mount Desert Island Athletic Director Bunky Dow told The Ellsworth American. “I think we were basically all in agreement that academics, not athletics, need to be the reason we decide to open schools.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe delay, Dow said, means that teams will play shortened seasons consisting of the minimum number of allowable contests. The MPA is still planning to hold postseasons for all fall sports, though that plan could still change in the coming weeks.The MPA has permitted athletes in the state to hold workouts with teammates and coaches since July 6. Yet many schools in Hancock County and other areas of the state have elected not to hold those workouts, choosing instead to wait until August to begin team activities.High school sports have not been played in the state of Maine since the unified basketball season was put on hold in early March. The MPA announced April 9 that it was canceling the spring sports season, a decision Ellsworth’s Josh Frost and other athletic directors around the state are hoping they won’t have to make again as a new school year approaches.“Spring was not fun,” Frost said. “You had all these beautiful days that were perfect for playing sports and being outside, and you couldn’t do it. You really want to be able to give these kids that chance this fall.”In an effort to avoid transmission of the novel coronavirus, teams are being encouraged to adopt regional scheduling for the coming season. MDI, for example, will be adopting a soccer schedule that includes pod games against Ellsworth, George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Belfast and eschews its typical games against Caribou and Presque Isle.Scheduling could be further complicated by differences in state recommendations for a return to school. On Friday, July 31, the Maine Department of Education will issue the state’s 16 counties color codes (green, yellow and red) indicating how prepared schools in each are to reopen. Playing sports in red counties, ones in which full remote learning curriculums are recommended, could be difficult to justify.“I think that would be a decision that each school would make,” MPA Executive Director Mike Burnham told the Portland Press Herald earlier this month, “but if they’re in the red category, and they can’t be in school, I don’t see how they could have an athletic program going.”Some schools could also choose to delay their opening games, matches and meets beyond the first day the MPA allows teams to hold countable contests. That is already the case at MDI, where Dow said the football team won’t begin regular season play until at least Sept. 24.The MPA is now one of 24 high school sports governing bodies to have delayed its 2020 fall sports season. Additionally, governing bodies in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia have already announced that football will not be played this fall.“It’s hard to say what’s going to happen, but at least we’re in a better position here than a lot of other places,” Frost said. “Hopefully, by moving to regional scheduling, we have a way to work it out.”If the fall sports season does take place, the athletic experience will be different. Players and fans on benches or in the bleachers could be forced to space themselves out in a manner that could be difficult at such large gatherings. Social distancing guidelines set forth by the National Federation of High Schools in May could even preclude spectators and vendors from attending.“One fear of mine is, ‘OK, how is this going to look?’” Dow said. “I don’t want to deny families that chance to be there and watch, but those guidelines have to be followed as strictly as possible.”For now, at least, having a fall sports season in 2020 — even if it looks very different than those from years past — is the plan. Yet very little has gone according to plan throughout the pandemic, and with more than a month and a half until the first scheduled games can be held, nothing is a sure bet.“I think we all try to be optimistic, but realistically, I just don’t know,” Dow said. “I was all excited last week, but I went into another meeting [Monday] that made me less optimistic. We’re just in a spot where we have to wait and see.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more