Musical Fridays: Electronic

by Richard Southard, The River editor “For me, electronic music is like cooking: it’s a sensual organic activity where you can mix ingredients.” -Jean-Michel Jarre I find that quote interesting, mostly because the idea has proven quite true to me over the past year. However, rather than seeing it from a cooking perspective, it’s been more on the actual results (i.e. the food itself). Preparing for a new electronic album has sometimes felt like looking at a strange, unusual new dish  that I can’t always pin down the origins or taste of. Sometimes it reminds me of the first time I saw pineapple on pizza, questing if two certain ingredients should even be put together. But, as such foods have proven, even a strange mix of ingredients can make for a decent result. At other points, it makes an amazing one. However, in this case, we’re not looking at cooking (at least not now). This week, I’ll be talking about a few

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Musical Fridays: Jazz

by Richard Southard The River Editor My very first exposure to jazz came in the form of a Spongebob Squarepants episode, when I was about six years old. In the episode, Patrick informs Spongebob that he should “acquire a taste for freeform jazz”, in which a short sound clip of a composition by Duncan Lamont (which I later learned was titled “Pressure Point”) plays. For years, every time I even heard the word, it was the only sound that came to mind (albeit, it was a good one). Funny how that episode, along with the writings of Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison, brought a curiosity to explore the music years later. I am now a fan. What I find interesting is how, when asking others about jazz music, most feelings have been surprisingly indifferent. It’s a different case than genres like country, or metal, where I often find that opinions are a strong like or an even stronger dislike. While it is

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The First Steps to Publishing: A Complete Breakdown of Looking for the Most Eligible Bachelor(ette)

“So you want to publish,” the old woman’s gnarled hand beckons you forward. Her long nose is speckled with dark spots, and one of her olive green eyes drifts lazily to the left. Her silver hair is knotted into a bun, held together with pencils (as a true artist’s should). She sits on a rocking chair, covered in quilted blankets, directly in front of a crackling fire. It is boiling in there, yet you walk forward.

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My Musical Safari of 2017

by Richard Southard, The River Editor Over the summer, I worked a job where I patrolled dams throughout several Maine towns. Over the course of twelve hour shifts, I would drive to seven individual dam/river sites, check for any signs of incidents (vandalism, littering, fires, etc.), and do it all over again. Being in a car for most of those days (four a week, on average), I decided to make use of the time by discovering new music, most of which was suggested to me by both friends and strangers across different internet discussion pages. For my first personal blog post, I’ve decided to share some of my personal highlights from the mountain of albums I listened to. To share even most of what I listened to would be a gauntlet to read through (and an even greater one to write). So, I’ll just restrict it to five. Daigo Hanada – Ichiru (Solo piano, modern classical) Ichiru is a collection of minimalistic, short piano compositions.

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Cap’n, I Can

By Peter D’Antonio

Orn’s hands burnt as the weight of the anchor slid its chain hard against his calloused palms. He cleared his throat, letting out what could easily be misinterpreted as a grunt of pain.
            “You’re sure you’ve got it under control?” came a voice from the other end of the vessel.
            No answer.
            “Orn?”
            No answer.

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The New Editors of Fall 2017

With the new season beginning, and new submissions already beginning to flow in, we thought we would begin the season with a formal introduction of the Fall 2017 editors. We’re both excited to begin sharing the work we’ve been receiving, and we are looking forward for what is to come. Richard Southard is a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington, and will be graduating in the spring of 2018. He began as a Creative Writing major in the fall of 2014, and added English as his second major in 2016. He took interest in writing in his senior year of high-school, and shortly after, took interest in the writing program at UMF. He has also held a long passion for magic, performing in high-school and continuing the hobby into college. In fall 2016, he received a Wilson Scholarship award for research into magic as a form of literary adaptation, where he looked into a history of magicians using

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