Bedside concert series brings hope and relief for Farmington man

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March 30

Popular Maine musicians who perform in Nick Stanley’s home say they get as much from him as they give.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — The rapper Spose belted out the lyrics to “Can’t Get There from Here” while a couple of dozen onlookers drank beer or Twisted Tea and shouted their approval.

Rustic Overtones frontman Dave Gutter performs for Nick Stanley at his home in Farmington earlier this month. Stanley loves music, and since he can’t go to concerts, musicians bring the concert to him. It is one of many shows performed in Stanley’s home as musicians and Stanley are both fueled by the experiences.

Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Nick Stanley smiles as he listens to the rapper Spose perform. Stanley has been confined to bed for two years because of complications from adult onset spinal muscular atrophy.


HAVING LOST the ability to walk, eat or breathe on his own, Nick Stanley of Farmington feeds his soul with music. Besides having musicians come play by his bedside a couple of times a month, Stanley has written some songs with a friend, guitarist Jason McClure:


“Can You Hear My Eyes?”

Thoughts and feelings on the inside

I can’t verbalize so

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