Saturday, August 11, 2007

Home at last...

I've returned from my second trip of the summer. A great four days in Boston - starting with the second concert at Fenway by the Police. The concert was awesome (I heard the Saturday night wasn't as good - and I think that's the performance upon which many reviews were based). I thought the trio sounded fantastic. In many ways, Sting still outshines the others in the charisma department (he looked incredibly hot!) - but the show reminded me that there were THREE talented musicians in the group. Their signature sound is not just Sting's voice, but also Andy Summers' guitar work and Stewart Copeland's driving percussion. The audience was totally into the show - singing along on every song. We even provided the backup vocals on "King of Pain"!

Other non-Red Sox highlights were seeing the Edward Hopper exhibit at the MFA; doing the Samuel Adams Brewery tour (hic!); and finally getting my Red Sox charity wines. And of course, three great games vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Photos to follow.

Following that was a relaxing, fun time on Block Island with my family. For the most part great weather - except for the day we were stuck in the middle of a fog bank. Again - photos coming.

Got back to town last night - after a 991 mile drive over two days. So to relax and let my mind soar, I took in the last day of an exhibit called Grandma Moses: Grandmother to a Nation. A great collection of the works of Anna Mary Robertson Moses. She taught herself to paint at age 73, and continued painting her "primitive" works until her death at age 101. Here' s one of her more famous works, "Sugaring Off."

Her works contain such minute details about life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during which time she lived in upstate New York. She became an icon in the 1950s and 1960s - her face appearing on hundreds of magazine covers and her works reproduced for the masses. A wonderful tribute to an amazing woman.

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