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Mayor declares June as "Driving Old Memories" month

By Stephen Betts | Jun 02, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser, left, presents Ervin Robinson a proclamation and key to the city. Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf also attended the ceremony held outside City Hall on Wednesday morning, June 2.

Rockland — A city native who wrote and sang "Driving Old Memories, the Rockland, Maine song," was formally honored June 2 by city officials.

Surrounded by his family, 76-year-old Robinson was presented with a proclamation from Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser which declares June 2021 as "Driving Old Memories Month."

Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf and City Manager Tom Luttrell attended as did Robinson's wife Jean, his son Aaron and grandson Andrew.

In addition to the proclamation, the mayor presented Robinson with a key to the city, which was a lobster measure.

Robinson was born and raised in Rockland. He later lived in North Waldoboro before relocating to Brunswick. He worked for many years at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston, was also a local police officer and walked the streets of Rockland.

"I wrote the song because there was something inside of me that needed to get out," Robinson said in a 2010 interview.

He put together the song with his son, Aaron Robinson, who is a composer. The song reflects on the elder Robinson's memories of Rockland when he returns for a visit.

The song begins with the following.

"I'm driving down Park Street, then turn onto Main,

While parts are familiar, only buildings remain,

The people are gone now from when I was small,

The faces are all different,

From the ones I recall."

The song was posted on YouTube and was widely circulated when it first came out in 2010. The song also plays on the local public access Channel 7.

Ervin Robinson lived in homes on Cedar Street, Front Street and Autumn Street. He attended a variety of schools — South School, McLain School, the old high school (now the Lincoln Street Center) and was in the first graduating class of Rockland High, now Oceanside High School.

Mayor Glaser pointed out a lot changed in Rockland, even in the 11 years, since the song was written.

Ervin Robinson's son Aaron and grandson Andrew watch the ceremony Wednesday, June 2. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
(Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 02, 2021 15:00

Look at all those smiles, and they are catching, folks.   Making someone else happy bounces right back atcha, ;)

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 02, 2021 12:34

I'll wait for the movie.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jun 02, 2021 12:22

You can listen and see the video here....

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