Hello! My name is Aimsel Ponti and I’m based in Portland, Maine USA. I’m a Music Writer & Content Producer at Mainetoday.com & The Portland Press Herald. I’ve been full-time there since 2011 and have been writing my Face the Music column & blog since 2003.
Music’s been my obsession my entire life. I’m the gal who is going to come running into the room shouting to anyone within earshot “YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS SONG!”
I listen to a ton of music both from within Maine and well beyond it. I also go to a ton of concerts and interview local, regional and nationally touring artists as often as I can.
Here’s a recent chat with folk icon Joan Baez.
I also have had the pleasure of chatting with M.I.A. ,Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin, Jeff Daniels, Rachael Yamagata, Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, David Gray, Gavin Rossdale and Melissa Etheridge among others through the years.
The goal of this blog is to share my excitement about all sorts of music from acts that have been around for a while to brand new ones I’m excited about. I’ll talk about new albums, videos, concerts and other music related stuff. I am not going to try and dazzle you with technical jargon because I’m not a musician (though I still regret not sticking with the piano lessons my parents made me get so many years ago), I’m a music fan. A big one. In my world, there’s no such thing as background music. YEAH!