PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Although he won’t be doing it with skis or a snowboard, a Presque Isle singer-songwriter will play a big part in next week’s U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Cross Country Junior Olympics.
Brian Mosher, who has opened for veteran performers such as Livingston Taylor and Ernie & The Automatics, has written “Shining Star,” the official anthem of the Junior Olympics, which runs March 7-13 at the Nordic Heritage Center.
Mosher, former member of the band the Rock Dox, will perform the song at the opening ceremonies Sunday. It will be played at various other events, including the closing ceremonies at Northern Maine Community College on March 13.
Mosher said Thursday that he was contacted about writing the official anthem late last year.
“The lyrics were the hardest part,” he said. “It took about an hour to actually write the music, and I put it aside for a while and didn’t write the lyrics until a few weeks ago. It took me a couple of hours to write the music.”
Mosher said the song is meant to demonstrate pride in the athletes and show them how proud people around them are of their accomplishments.
The songwriter acknowledges their struggle to get to the top of their sports with the line, “It is a harder hill to climb to do what you’ve done.” And he points out that they have the support of those who watch them: “And we’re going to be there to stand up and shout it out loud.”
The title is derived from the chorus, “In all the world/you are a shining star/There’s no looking back/you are a shining star.”
“With this song, I wanted to inspire the athletes and let them know that we recognize the work that they did to get where they are,” Mosher said Thursday. “I also wanted to say that the world is tough, but these athletes are the best. They are the bright spots, the shining stars.”
The song already has been played on County radio stations.
Songwriting is nothing new to Mosher, who also has his own solo album, “Bring Me Home.” The folk-rock, rock and country artist also has composed music for a photo CD by Paul Cyr and is a member of the band Common Crossing.
Mosher said the event is a good thing for The County.
“Events like these brings people from other cultures and other states to the area,” he said. “It also brings more excitement and life to the area.”
About 1,000 people are expected to come to Aroostook County for the Junior Olympics, the first time it has been held here. The Aroostook Medical Center and KeyBank are the event’s major sponsors.
Opening ceremonies will be held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where more than 300 athletes will parade into Gentile Hall with their teams. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7.