If 2016 became a year many would like to forget or maybe do over, then the next four years may merit the same disaffection. Music offers one clear and certain remedy. It sure helped after November 8. Here's a much too brief taste of three inspiring, gifted bands that nurture and hold my attention, devotion, and affection. Parsonsfield, Tall Heights, and Darlingside create for me a happy place -- especially live, but also when I'm just spinning vinyl. We rounded out the year on a high note. 2017 beckons. Thanks, boys. You rock!

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Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.

--  Kahlil Gibran

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

--  Confucius: The Book of Rites

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.

--  George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

--  Henry David Thoreau

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.

--  Tom Waits

Where words fail, music speaks.

--  Hans Christian Andersen

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