Pear Imperfect

20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
8.1.2007: image rephotographed and reuploaded


Pear in Pink

20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas







On Joy and Sorrow and Such

Hatched, 20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I went to an amazing performance last night by a band named Joy Kills Sorrow. Not feeling qualified to write about a musical performace much beyond saying, "Damn, they were good - you really should hear them play if you get the chance," I'll just quote from their website:

Joy Kills Sorrow blends traditional and contemporary influences with original compositions and age-old melodies, creating a sound that is inherently American and uniquely their own. Featuring the soulful vocals of Margaret Glaspy, the one of a kind styling of banjoist and New England Conservatory Professor Adam Larrabee, the internationally award-winning songwriting and bass chops of Bridget Kearney, the 2006 national flatpicking champion Matthew Arcara, and Berklee College of Music’s pioneering first mandolin student Joe Walsh, Joy Kills Sorrow has deftly crafted a home for itself on the borders between bluegrass, jazz, old-time and pop styles.

Tonight they'll be at the Mayo Clinic, then Iowa City, Morristown, Duluth and Madison before heading back East. You really should hear them play if you get the chance - damn, they're good.