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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

The Maine Band With Heart: Unorganized Hancock

My sons, also known as Unorganized Hancock, are featured on this month’s installment of the Today River Valley TV show. We don’t have television, so we can’t see it. Then again, our entire family is accustomed to never seeing anything to do with any form of entertainment, because we’re always in it.

The way I see it, my sons are continuing my tradition of never participating in anything as part of the audience. I’m a thoroughly broken human person, unable to enjoy myself by sitting in an audience. I never had any idea how to act when I wasn’t facing the wrong way in a room full of people. I wanted to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. I always forget to applaud, too, because during my musical career, I wasn’t supposed to applaud, and the audience didn’t want to, so I never heard enough clapping in order to learn where it’s supposed to go.

My kids do hear applause now and then. They deserve it. I thought the quote from the Today River Valley page was accurate:

An unusual and talented musical duo from Rumford has Youtube success but hopes for real world recognition too

The Unorganized Hancock YouTube page recently passed 75,000 hits, which puts them in the running as one of the most notable bands in Maine, at least YouTube-wise. They don’t perform live as often as they’d like to, which was brought up by the interviewer. He thought they were some form of wonderful, and wondered aloud why they aren’t also some form of famous already.

Beats me. I like them.

[Update: Many thanks to the kids most devoted fan, Kathleen M. from Connecticut, for her constant support of the boys via our PayPal tip jar. It is much appreciated]
[Further Update: Many thanks to our friend Dinah H. from Missouri for her continuing support via our PayPal tipjar. It is much appreciated]

6 Responses

  1. Video goes down hill from about 9:35 on. But sign me up for the Thai Restaurant followed by a snooze in a barcalounger at the no-frills chair showroom.

  2. I enjoyed the video. They're already appreciated: fame and fortune will come soon enough.

    Speaking of appreciation: I finally got with it and ordered a copy of "The Devil's In The Cows." I opened it up to the piece called "The Writer," and haven't moved on. What tickled me most is that I recently read an interview with Ernest Hemingway, and… Well, let's just say I think the two of you would have gotten on just fine. The interview's filled with hidden delights. Also: love your take on writer's block.

  3. Gerard identified the real gold in the video. That is so western Maine. There's like five square miles of Maine with lighthouses and lobsters, and the rest of it looks like the Thai restaurant with 15 kinds of light beer on tap and tarpaper shingles on the walls outside.

    You're all lovely to support our boys like you do, and we're all really grateful.

    Shoreacres! I'm glad you liked my book. Thanks for buying it, and praising it. Mostly for buying it.

    You are astute to notice the connection between what I wrote and Hemingway. I don't remember the exact quote, but he said something like: never tell anyone how you learned to write. Just let them think you were born that way.

    I hate to disagree with my friends, but I suspect old Ernie would have taken a poke at me five minutes after he met me.

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