2013-11-08 / People

‘She Flies’ is ready for release party

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


Jennifer Comeau of Kennebunkport will host a release party for her second CD, “She Flies,” Sunday, Nov. 10 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise. Comeau is a late-blooming musician, learning to play the guitar in her late 40s. Proceeds from the CD release party will be donated to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. 
(Courtesy photo) Jennifer Comeau of Kennebunkport will host a release party for her second CD, “She Flies,” Sunday, Nov. 10 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise. Comeau is a late-blooming musician, learning to play the guitar in her late 40s. Proceeds from the CD release party will be donated to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. (Courtesy photo) KENNEBUNKPORT — Resident and musician Jennifer Comeau will release her second CD, “She Flies,” Sunday, Nov. 10.

The proceeds from the release party, which will be held at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise, will benefit the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

Comeau became a musician later in life, after she earned her master’s in engineering, after she established her career in the corporate world, after the beginning of her career, which Comeau said, “afforded little time to pursue other hobbies.”

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Comeau grew up in an Irish-Catholic family.


Kennebunkport’s Jennifer Comeau is releasing “She Flies,” a 12-song CD dedicated to her parents. Comeau released her first CD in 2008 and donated the proceeds, approximately $3,000, to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Comeau plans to, for a second time, donate the proceeds from her upcoming release party on Sunday, Nov. 10 to the trust. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunkport’s Jennifer Comeau is releasing “She Flies,” a 12-song CD dedicated to her parents. Comeau released her first CD in 2008 and donated the proceeds, approximately $3,000, to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Comeau plans to, for a second time, donate the proceeds from her upcoming release party on Sunday, Nov. 10 to the trust. (Courtesy photo) “I always grew up singing in Catholic school, but not in a robust music program,” she said.

Comeau is one of eight kids, whose parents couldn’t afford to send her or her siblings to music lessons. The extent of her familial exposure to music was singing Celtic folk music with her family.

Then, in 2005, as a middle-aged adult, she picked up a guitar and began taking lessons from local musicians.

Comeau had no experience writing songs; however, she had always been writing – poetry and nonfiction, mostly. Her newfound guitar skills paved the way for songwriting expression.

“It wasn’t until I began to learn guitar that songs began to emerge. I was able to take what I had always done – writing--and use it with music,” Comeau said.

Comeau released her first album, “Feed the Tribe,” in 2008. “She Flies” is dedicated to Comeau’s parents — her mother is still living and her father died last year.

The last song on the album, a traditional Celtic song titled “The Parting Glass,” is dedicated to her father.

After Comeau moved to Kennebunkport, she founded I-Amplitude LLC — a speaking, coaching and business advisory firm.

The motto of her consulting firm is similar to her musical motto. The home page of I-Amplitude reads: “For us, the key to outstanding performance lies not in the amount of deals we close or data we collect, but in creating an environment where our human capacity is amplified, unleashed and flourishes toward its full potential.”

Similarly, with her music, Comeau believes that citizens should offer what they can to contribute to something greater, something more than personal gain.

“I am a very strong proponent of service and the important offerings of whatever one can contribute to something greater than our own interests,” Comeau said. “Each of us has a call to do that in ways that make sense for each individual.”

This philanthropic vein of thought led Comeau to donate the proceeds from her first CD release party in 2008 to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust – a total of approximately $3,000.

“There’s too much taking sides, brokenness and finger pointing in this world, Comeau said. “We need to start responding to the call in other ways than just giving in to our selfish interests and personal objectives.

“That’s part of why I’m doing this. I’m continuing to promise that these causes are greater than personal gain, which we need to start thinking about.”

In addition to the initial donations earned from her first CD release party, Comeau donated all of her earnings over the next few years to myriad nonprofit establishments, local and international. In total she has donated approximately $13,000.

Comeau, who lives just down the street from the Emmons Preserve, is partial to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust because it has provided “sanctuary” for her in a lot of ways.

“Nature is the great provider of perspective for us,” Comeau said. “It’s not until we get out in nature when we start seeing and smelling and hearing for the messages that are on the wind, that we remember what’s really important. That’s what the trust has provided for me,” Comeau said.

When asked how he feels about Comeau’s past and future donations to the trust, Executive Director Tom Bradbury said they are “delighted and honored,” and that Comeau’s donation is “such a generous offer.”

“She dropped by and said that’s what she would like to do (donate her release party proceeds) and we said it was more than OK,” Bradbury said. “It’s a fabulous contribution. It goes beyond the money: it gets people together to share in her gifts and have a good time. It hits all the right buttons.”

Comeau’s music can been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Dar Williams, Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan, a wide range she enjoys. Local artist Liz Prescott is responsible for the artwork on the cover of “She Flies.”

“The album is full. It’s not just one girl and her guitar; I’ve been able to invite my friends who are far more talented than I am, to contribute and play,” Comeau said. “Those local folks are extremely talented. They have elevated the album to talent that far exceeds my own.

“There are some beautiful arrangements, and they aren’t because of me. Those are my good, dear, talented friends who tried to stay true to my lyrics and melodies while improving my songs.”

Local musicians such as Rob Duquette, Chris Humphrey, Don Wessels, and Delilah Poupore. John Kumnick, Rob Duquette, Michael McNerney, Neal Zweig, John Comeau, Holly Hinchliffe, Juliet Altham and Michelle Currie will perform with Comeau at the CD release party on Sunday.

The band will play songs from “She Flies” in addition to covers by Elvis Presley, The Temptations, Ray Lamontagne and Norah Jones.

Funky Bow Brewery has agreed to donate beer for the event. A variety of hors d’oeuvres are being prepared locally and will also be offered. Tickets are $20 each, or two for $35. The event begins at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.kporttrust.org/cd-release-party/.

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