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Anni Blog October 1, 2014

Fall Colors in Dixville Notch NH

September kicked my butt. I swear every time I turned around I found something that needed fixing. My car for one. (See “Current Cerebral Wanderings” for an update on THAT!) I had people in my home for 3 days fixing a water damaged bathroom & got expert painting help from pal Kelley Bedrosian fixing my water damaged kitchen ceiling. The septic system cleaners hit a gas line that was improperly placed underground at my condos & we had to have all the lines reinstalled at our Association’s expense (so far.) I won’t bore you with the other weirdnesses… in the end, I was thankful for 2 things especially: first, it was not my health that was broken & second, most of the weird stuff was over by the time I took off for a long road trip for 2 shows in the NH mountains… I was rewarded with Indian Summer temps & fall foliage colors that totally melted away all my stresses. The photo above was shot on September 27th, from Table Rock in Dixville Notch NH. The currently closed Balsams Resort lies below, awaiting transformation in the months to come. I hope I get to perform there again when it reopens! That night, I had a most excellent show in Colebrook at the Tillotson Center… a great way to smooth out a month that started out so bumpy.

Don’t forget to check out the new improved Anni Sound Store… (click the link above.) We’ve lowered the price of CD’s by $3, added mp3 downloads of entire albums or single songs… AND you can finally find me again on iTunes! Finding my music is easier & a lot more fun now. PLEASE send us a message if you have any questions… or if you just really love the new store & ease of operation. We want & appreciate your feedback.

Here’s the Rocktober News, in this order:

1. OCT / NOV SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Town & Time Only)

1. OCT / NOV SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Town & Time Only)

FRI, OCT 3 - JJ’s Eatery Too - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM
FRI, OCT 17 - The Maine Table - S Portland ME - 6PM
FRI, NOV 14 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM
FRI, NOV 21 - The Maine Table - S Portland ME - 6PM


FRIDAY / OCTOBER 3 / JJ's / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222... I am now playing every OTHER first Friday here, not every first Friday… This is right down the street from my house. Great food & drinks, local music & local color combine to make this a fave hang in OOB 12 months of the year... I call this "The Cheers of Maine" for good reason... come find out why! Here's JJ's [website].

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 17 / THE MAINE TABLE / S PORTLAND ME / 6PM / 207-699-4495… I really LOVE playing here! It’s under new management (it used to be the Merry Manor / Governor’s) & it now features Maine sourced foods & beverages. It also boasts a fun & economical Happy Hour until 7PM, so come early & stay late. I play 6 to 9. The food is yummy, the patrons are spunky, the wait staff & bartenders are funky & my tunes sound great in here! I encourage reservations… the place gets packed on Fridays… & please tell them you’re coming to hear yours truly. Here’s their [website].

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Those of you who read last month’s Cerebral Wanderings remember that on Labor Day Weekend my Subaru Forester broke down en route to a gig in Southport Maine. I made the gig but had to tow the car from Southport to Springvale on Sunday, August 31st (95 miles, covered by AAA Plus thank God!) My driver, Josh & I bonded on the way & shared some amazing conversations. (I have yet to see him at a gig, but hope he surprises me soon.) While I waited for a ride home from Springvale, I pulled a folding chair outta my car, got my guitar out, found a bit of white wine left in my cooler & had me a grand ole time in that parking lot workin’ on my new tune. Like this:

My 2003 Subaru Forester “Boo Boo”

I ended last month’s Cerebral Wanderings, written on Labor Day, with this: “As I write, my car sits waitin’ for Labor Day to be over so my pals at Black Bear Auto can give me the verdict. I’ll have a new car by the time September is over… I just replaced the front brakes, calipers & rotors, a muffler & I’m buying new tires! Geezzz… still, I say it’s better than car payments.”

WELL… on Tuesday, my first day back on my school job, I learned from the guys at Black Bear that my camshaft had broken… ummm… I didn’t even know what a camshaft was… but they told me it would cost about $3,000 to fix it, IF they could fix it. After not too much thinking (trying hard to let go of the fact that I had just put about $2000 into it) I realized that to fix a 2003 Subaru for another $3000 was maybe not the best plan on the planet. 48 hours later I had a 2015 Forester. Done. Wow. Sooo… I had a brand new car at the START of September, but now I have car payments. Ouch. Meet my new ride:

My 2015 Forester “Lovely Lu” (“LuLu” for short)

The need for change, whether we anticipate the change or not, is something that crops up time & time again. It can be a car or a relationship breaking down, a job losing its luster, a health issue dictating action or a dream on a back burner that finally rears its head & rises to the top of our priority list. My friend Sally Boggs wrote a poem years back called ”Vehicles of Change”… she created a fitting metaphor about the passage of time & the change in ourselves as we progress throughout our lives, reflected in our moving from old college junkers to more reliable cars or vans or what-have-you as our needs shift from one phase of life to another. Yet she suggests that inside we are still the same people… it’s just the vehicle that’s changed. Back when she wrote that, I thought this was really true. Maybe not. I think all changes make us a bit more… well, capable, flexible… maybe more well rounded & willing to just go with the flow cos we’ve PRACTICED. What other choice do we have really? We gotta adjust the sails or we sink with the ship.

I say this only partly in jest: in the coming months, please come out to the gigs (there are fewer as the days grow colder) & visit the website to purchase some CD’s (they make great Christmas presents!)… after all, I DO have a car payment now… however, I am feeling fairly well adjusted & well rounded. As always, I thank you for staying in tune with my wanderings.


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14 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
21 - The Maine Table - S Portland ME - 6PM - 207-699-4495

5 - JJ's Eatery Too - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM - 207-934-0222
12 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
     (Pam’s Amazing Italian Christmas Dinner Celebration!)
26 - The Maine Table - S Portland ME - 6PM - 207-699-4495


12 - Franklin House Concerts - Walpole MA - 2PM - 508-528-0026
     1PM potluck - reservations encouraged:
     (venue: 43 Hutchinson Rd - Walpole MA - 02081)

18 - Noble House Inn - Bridgton ME - 6:30PM - 207-647-3733
     house concert: reservations encouraged:

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