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Interview: Tom P Buckley guides his soul through the surgery and into a better place

We sat down with brave Maine native Tom P Buckley who has risen from suffocating pain to rise through the storms, as he shows us what true grit looks like. Munching through some mini wheat whilst making music from anywhere he can, we find a self-motivated creative who has realized recently that life is too short to waste.

Hello there Tom P Buckley. Thank you for your valuable time. What did you have for breakfast this morning and where in the world can we find you sitting today?

Tom: Hi Llewelyn, I had an exotic breakfast of Frosted Mini Wheats. I am in my hometown of Portland Maine.

Do you watch live music at all in your local area and if so, where would you recommend we go watch it?

Tom: The best place for live music is Sun Tiki Studios but I must confess I’ve haven’t ventured out much since the surgery.

Please tell us more about your new release and what it’s like to make music in your living room.

Tom: This record is amazing, I’ve written over 8,000 songs in my lifetime and these oddly enough are my best ones. I seem to be emboldened by my brush with death. This album combines alternative rock, dubstep, house, and indie in a layered textured way. To record it on my couch, and to get such powerful quality, has been a welcome surprise. This one’s pretty special.

What kind of mood do you have to be in to make music or does your creative process vary?

Tom: You know for me to make music I just need an empty room and a Pepsi. I can turn it on whenever I want and I realize of course how lucky that is. The best songs usually flow out of you effortlessly. Which is always a shock when the song is done.

Who or what are you most inspired by each day?

Tom: What really inspires me is people. I see someone else do something amazing and then suddenly I want to do something amazing myself. They inspire me and hopefully, I do the same.

Please tell our readers more about your 2 weeks of writing at least one complete song per day and mastering it mission?

Tom: After what happened with my surgery I became very motivated. I realized life is not guaranteed so you better kick some ass while you can. I recorded Ten the way I did because I knew I had it in me to record a full song each day. It was a bit challenging, but I don’t mind a challenge. If anything, that’s a better situation for any songwriter because it gives you a chance to shine. Rise to the moment if you will.

Last, what are your dreams and goals for the rest of the year?

Tom: My goal for the rest of the year is to release this record and not die during my next surgery. It’s a bit grim, but that’s really what I’m thinking about. I want to make as much great music as I can with the time I have left. I think my fans deserve it.

Follow the music on YouTube.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Time Is A Magazine: Chris Humphrey shows us the joy in music with The Snapper

Featuring the illustrious and much-missed legend Clark Terry, Chris Humphrey sends us back to a much simpler time with a classic track to enjoy all day while you read your book called The Snapper.

Chris Humphrey is a Kennebunk, Maine-born jazz/classical/pop pianist/teacher/composer and singer who previously taught at The University of Southern Maine.

Clark Virgil Terry Jr. (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, and a composer and educator.’‘ ~ an insight into one of the true greats of the jazz world who is sadly no longer with us (taken from Wikipedia)

Showing us a warm embrace to a true great, Chris Humphrey performs the perfect tribute for Clark Terry with a skilled display which will get your fingers clicking and possibly raise you off your couch. Arranged with a genuine feel and always groovy, this is a song you might enjoy even if you rarely listen to jazz.

The Snapper from Maine-born jazz musician Chris Humphrey is a timeless gem to remind us of those good old days of music that can change your mood rather quickly. With lots of magnificent solos and a story that shall please anyone who loves that authentic feel that features genuine stories, this is a mellow single to calm all your nerves.

Music like this can never die, no matter what fads are currently in rotation.

Hear this classy single on YouTube and follow Chris on Facebook for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Maine-based rock band Mailbox Destroyers urge us to be free again with ‘Let Your Love In’

With unpretentious lyrics that shows us into this romantic story that is all about living in the moment, Mailbox Destroyers has us growing like a flower on the new single about opening your heart up again on ‘Let Your Love In‘.

Mailbox Destroyers is a Scarborough, Maine-based female-led alternative rock band that makes a gritty edge-filled combination of catchy music that will have you totally encapsulated.

We first named our band Guarded Jungle. That took us a long time to come up with. Lots of lunches.” ~ Mailbox Destroyers

As one of the more fascinating acts around who are seemingly known in the underground by many all the globe, Mailbox Destroyers post us a track to truly stamp on our lips with a thrilling single that is loaded with so much to think deeply about as you think about your romantic life.

Let Your Love In‘ from Scarborough, Maine-based female-led alternative rock band Mailbox Destroyers, is the type of single that will have you in a highly reflective mood. This is the type of song that has you never letting go of that feeling inside your soul, that sets you free from all the negativity which can take you away from your goals. Setting a mood that has you shovelling away all the tension away like snow as you smile knowingly to yourself, is a top effort from a band who just love being a part of the journey to going wherever destiny takes them.

Hear this new single on Soundcloud and see their vision on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Indie alt-rock meets hip hop in TREELOCK’s latest single, Hide Your Feelings.

As more rap artists become bolder and increasingly more honest in their lyrics, Maine, US-hailing alt-hip hop artist, TREELOCK, switched the narrative by serving a reminder of the dangers of candour with his latest single, Hide Your Feelings.

Any fans of Blue October will instantly find themselves drawn in by the melancholic indie instrumentals and raw vocals. As the single progresses, discordance starts to amass in the production until the track reaches its evocative peak and TREELOCK breaks into guttural alt-rock screams and lyrically, you couldn’t ask for more urban poetry with cutting lines such as “I feel like I don’t feel”.

Hide Your Feelings is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

‘Sparxsea’ rises above the tide with ‘’Little Wooden Boat’’

‘’Run away, run away’’. Sometimes you need to run away for a while, just to find what you are really looking for. 

With stunningly clear and inspiring vocals, this indie folktronica artist from Portland, Maine in the US is creating her own original wave. You don’t get too many artists with such vocal ability, crafted from many years of practice and training from her vocal coach.

Sparxsea’ blends acoustics, deep vocals and down-tempo beats with carefully created lyricism and modern folk sensibility, to create a sound entirely her own. In the tradition of cross-genre acts like Postal Service, Sufjan Stevens, and Colbie Caillat, her music weaves effortlessly between emotional anthems and inspiring psalms that deal with hard hitting topics like loneliness and depression. She sings about real emotions and helps so many with reassurance about themselves.

I am a new fan after hearing this heavenly sent music and my soul feels free again. Play this loud when you are down, play it when you are happy, just turn it up. ‘Sparxsea’ is an angel sent here to inspire us.

Spark up your music with this beautiful soul on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen