In the middle of divorce, it's important to remind yourself that life won't always be so difficult. Still, it's hard to believe that things get better when you're dealing with the stress of a split, so to help remind you, we've compiled 10 of our favorite quotes on self-preservation and rebuilding your life after a hardship. Click through the slideshow below to read them, then head to the comments to share your favorite quotes or sayings on perseverance and moving on. It happened last fall in one of those hotel meeting rooms used for showcases at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, N.Y. While his talent appears genetically acquired, the genes were backed up by hard work and experience. Dave March was born in Huntington in 1976, and he and his sister Krista grew up in Centereach, where they and Jon all attended Centereach High School.
There really werena€™t many places an acoustic duo could play during his high school years. As open mics began to pop up around the area in new coffee shops and wine bars on Long Island, he and Krista began performing together.
Dave states that while he cannot read music, hea€™s developed a really good ear and his storehouse of musical ability has come from years of playing with other musicians. For Krista, the first non-family influence came from the Broadway play (and subsequent movie) a€?Annie.a€? Krista wanted to be Annie.
About the time Jon was returning from Chicago to nurse his wounds, Dave was hosting an open mic at a local Starbucks. They spent another year riding an emotional rollercoaster while they wrote and recorded songs for the banda€™s first album, A Long Way Back (2005). Somewhere during the evolution of M2D, Davea€™s busy life in music, playing bass for M2D and other groups, provoked insecurity in his girlfriend with whom hea€™d become serious. After the first album was released, violinist Leanne Strom, Jona€™s married sister, came into the group.
Brian Kroll entered the picture right after the release of Rise, while M2D was showcasing the album.
School protocol demanded that Brian had to start by learning band instruments, so he played bassoon and upright bass in fourth grade.
Brian had his own band in high school, and then received classical training as a voice major at Hofstra University. By the time this author caught up to Miles to Dayton, it had released its third album, Pass It On (2011). Whereas A Long Way Back had a more pensive, ethereal feel overall, Rise kicks off immediately with a€?Eyes Lighta€? with its refrain my heart sings, revealing a huge uptick in both mood and energy. About the time Jon was returning from Chicago to nurse his wounds, Dave wasA  hosting an open mic at a local Starbucks. Brian had his own band in high school, and then receivedA  classical training as a voice major at Hofstra University. We had rolled into New Bedford, Mass., for the annual Summerfest on Saturday morning, July 2nd, spit out of a twister. By Saturday, I shoulda€™ve been caught up on sleep, but struggled to find the energy for the game of musical chairs at Summerfest. Over the weekend, each of seven stages off the cobbled streets of the Whaling Museum district grew packed to overflowing. There was no mad dash for us for the first performance at the small canopied area at the National Park Garden Stage. That first act was a€?Introducing Liz Longley.a€? This proved to be a priority-changing event. I also managed to squeeze in an on-the-spot interview at a surprisingly subdued side room at the nearby, bustling Celtic Coffeehouse. Her father was a a€?really gooda€? jazz musician who played saxophone and had his own band. Exposure to chorus was minimal in grade school, but when she reached her early teens, she started singing with her dada€™s jazz group and continued until she was 18.
Having begun writing on piano, Liz began performing with a friend, Sarah Zimmermann, who provided guitar backup.
Additionally, Liz and Sarah performed at fundraisers, in particular a€?Relay for Life,a€? held every year to raise money for cancer research. They also played professionally at local Pennsylvania folk landmarks Steel City (Phoenixville) and The Tin Angel (Philadelphia).
After high school, Berklee College of Music in Boston was the only college Liz applied to because it offered songwriting as a major.
She still performs on piano when the opportunity presents itself, and thata€™s illustrated by two slow ballads on this CD where she uses her keyboard skills. Her upcoming shows dona€™t include anything in the New York metro area, but wea€™re hoping this article will change that. The photograph we found online for our a€?Radara€? July ad showed a drop-dead beautiful face, and we wondered if there was matching talent to back it up. High school proved to be the seeding ground for this musical maelstrom, this force of nature. There will, in fact, come a day when you don't struggle to pull yourself out of bed and get yourself to work. The 2012 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference was proving to be as enlightening and uplifting as expected.
The family sang together and Jon began studying cello at The North Shore Suzuki School in Setauket when he was 4. However, Dave was four years ahead of Krista and three ahead of Jon, so the two boys knew who each other was, but were a€?like ships passing in the night,a€? according to Jon.


Davea€™s grandfather owned a music store where he taught accordion to Davea€™s mother and all of her siblings.
Dad leaned toward Styx and Led Zeppelin, while Mom tilted in the direction of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand.
He took a few lessons and jammed with a neighbor who played guitar and picked it up pretty quickly. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younga€™s album Four Way Street had made an impact and would set the structure for the musical style he would prefer from that point on.
Most places were bars that were still promoting a lot of the dying glam rock scene of the late a€™80s and early a€™90s, but nevertheless, they managed to play a few opening slots.
They started a group with her then-boyfriend, called Sleeping Genius which flourished from playing open mics and had a similar folk rock sound to M2D. For her, the big influence was her grandmother, who, when younger, had sung in a large traveling choral group called The Sweet Adelines. Throughout grade school shea€™d sing her part, but wouldna€™t make an effort to stand out from the group. Krista, coming out of a yearlong post-breakup funk, was working as a barista at the same Starbucks. There are songs about Jon and Krista getting together and breaking up all through that album.
At the time I was interviewing the band, Leanne was busy having a baby and was unable to participate. As a kid growing up in West Hempstead, he obsessively drummed on everything a€“ pots, boxes, whatever. He played drums all through college and gigged in a progressive rock band and a cover band.
The progression from one album to the next is readily evident to even the most casual listener. In the middle of a big show at the Patchogue Theatre in 2008, Jon fed his cello through a loop and, over his instrumental, proposed to Krista in front of 700 to 800 people. Wednesday night, finish the July issue, then get two hours of sleep; Thursday, pedal-to-the-metal from NYC to Fall River, Mass. Newly appointed chair police at the main Custom House stage prevented attendees from saving seats for hours at a time.
Seats opened up after each act and the first attendees to dash to freshly vacated chairs near the front became winners.
As usual, we arrived at the festival at about 9:00 am and the first show didna€™t begin until 11.
Liz was scheduled to perform 10 days later on July 12 at the Living Room in New York Citya€™s East Village. From the very first notes, it was obvious that we were going to want to see and hear a lot more from this brilliant 23-year-old. I would not be jumping from tent to tent, looking for the best seats, hoping to find something near the front at the big Custom House tent.
For her first eight years her family lived in West Chester, Pa., then they moved a little further west, to Downingtown. Her mother was an aspiring singer, but lacked the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career.
Through her dad, shea€™d gotten exposure to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and they were her favorites, the ones she focused on. Other events included the high schoola€™s talent show and the senior prom, with both girls performing in their prom dresses.
Liz said that she entrusted major decisions in the studio to producer Glen Barrett and enlisted feedback from her parents to help her decide what, in the end, would be the right sound for her on each track.
These include a€?Little White House,a€? seemingly a farewell to her childhood, and a€?Unraveling,a€? another farewell of sorts to her grandmother, suffering from Alzheimera€™s. Her dad told her, a€?If youa€™re going to learn to have a career as a musician, youa€™d better start now.a€? Actually, performing after college was a continuation of what shea€™d been doing since high school and during her four years at Berklee. You won't always want to take cover and curl up in the fetal position when someone has the nerve to mention your ex's name. A group blending guitar, violin, bass, drums and anywhere from three to five voices was lighting the fuse to a powder keg that could have blown a hole in the ceiling. The vocal harmonies and instrumentation were as tight as a leotard on a ballerina and the overall musical command of the group had all the earmarks of a wealth of experience. Kristaa€™s powerful, soaring alto grips each vowel like a pipe wrench and her voice echoes in the listenera€™s mind long after the song is over. However, for me, the growth of the banda€™s character centers around its ability to work through an initial emotional maelstrom and build on it. He studied the trumpet in public school and was in the school band, the church choir and youth orchestras. The floodgates opened for Dave and Krista one New Yeara€™s Eve when their mother played her entire Beatles collection. The title aptly suggests that time had to elapse before they could understand the process they were going through. His sistersa€™ record collection planted the seed and today he cana€™t remember a time when he didna€™t want to be a musician. On the recorded track, we hear Krista singing, In your heart, you will find a piece of me, a symphonya€¦ Krista later walked down the aisle to the accompaniment of Jona€™s cello solo from that song. Then, with breathtaking suddenness it darted upward, taking the hollow in my chest along with it. The chairs were empty and there were no chair police to prevent us from saving a couple of seats for the first act.


Wea€™d see her then, of course, since we never miss WFUV DJ John Platta€™s monthly a€?On Your Radara€? series. Instead, I followed Liz from one stage to the next, seeking the best photos and videos of her that I could get (below).
Her earliest memories involve driving around with her father in the family VW convertible with the top down and music blasting from the car stereo. The lone cover, a€?People Get Ready,a€? demonstrates a command that allows her to take ownership of the song. While it did come up in our interview, her Facebook page states it more succinctly: a€?In high school, I was a marching band nerd. Miles to Dayton was introducing itself to the uninitiated in one of four a€?quada€? showcase groupings during the mid to late evening hours. Given the euphorically upbeat experience it provides its audience, it is worth noting that in the history of Miles to Dayton, there were not one, not two, but three relationship meltdowns before and during the groupa€™s evolution.
For instance, a€?Green Light Goa€? was a positive song about both Jon and Krista, attempting to will them to a€?take that step.a€? Krista co-wrote a€?Therapya€? with Jon, essentially telling him to get over his ambivalence in letting go of his ex-girlfriend and accepting her as his true soul mate. The title track sums up the albuma€™s purpose nicely: All the loving in the world wona€™t mean a thing unless you learn how to sing and share it a€¦ and pass it on.
Although Jon and Krista were becoming a couple, their progress didna€™t exactly dovetail.A  Krista was a year further into her healing while Jon had some catching up to do. As she states on her Facebook page: a€?I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Karla Bonoff. James Taylor, Karla Bonoff, Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan were among the names she cited.
I was surprised that she hadna€™t sought feedback from anyone at Berklee, but kept to the formula stated above. One is a version of Joni Mitchella€™s a€?Rivera€? in which Liz hits some high notes that Joni herself might not be able to handle anymore. Kristaa€™s brother, Dave March, the bassist, has written the occasional key song and is an original anchor for the group. Although Jon is well-rounded, music was always number one in the household while he was growing up.
The fact that it was developed and presented on the album says a lot about their seriousness of intent, both musically and personally.
Two years later, Brian made a special trip to see the band and, lo and behold, they were playing without a drummer. Also, while working as a band member through the Long Island-based Omnipop Agency, he played in highly accomplished cover bands for clubs on Long Island, in upstate ski lodges and on the Jersey Shore.
But we didna€™t know her, so we figured it would be a good idea to get acquainted before seeing her at the Living Room.
The first two use a full studio band, complete with drums, bass, lead guitar backup, pedal steel a€” the works. The second is Van Morrisona€™s a€?Moondance,a€? which gives Liz a chance to show off her jazz vocal skills.
When I wasna€™t on the field, I was writing music (on piano & guitar) and playing shows. Hea€™s been classically trained but still remembers the feeling of discovering different styles of music like jazz, rock, folk and funk. This included a a€?concert night,a€? wherein the school invited students and parents to come to a performance solely by Liz and Sarah.
In contrast, her third album, the latest, Hot Loose Wire, completed right after graduation, is stripped down a€” just her, solo, with either guitar or piano a€” pretty much what we see in concert.
Jona€™s sister, Leanne Strom, a classically trained violinist, having switched to the rootsier style of the band, provides one main reason why M2D (abbreviation from Dave) compositions achieve majestic flight.
When the relationship with her boyfriend collapsed, the group broke up and she went into a tailspin and didna€™t do music for about a year. The banda€™s name refers to living life to its fullest a€“ going the miles a€“ until being reunited with loved ones whoa€™ve passed on. Brian reintroduced himself, and then sent a follow-up email to Jon, pitching himself for the drummera€™s slot.
Theya€™d bring in a song and other students would dissect it, asking questions like why a word was used in a particular place. In college, at the University of Miami, he studied the cello and trumpet, sang in the jazz vocal ensemble and had his own band called Soma. Jon and Krista knew each other well in high school (he might not have been aware of it, but she had a crush on him).
There were classes where songs by famous writers were analyzed, and Liz loved it all, soaking up every learning opportunity that came her way. Drummer Brian Kroll, who joined the group a few years ago, has a powerful, classically trained voice.
Not realizing what was transpiring, the normally freewheeling Dave apprehensively asked Jon a€?Who is this guy?a€? In a role reversal, the normally cautious Jon answered, a€?Hea€™s our new drummer. This means whenever the sound equipment of a venue permits, theya€™re capable of five-part harmony.



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