I’m lost and I wish I were found, in the arms of My Darlin’ Hometown…

Alan LeQuire’s bronze and limestone sculpture presides over the Music Row Roundabout in my hometown of Nashville, intended to convey “the importance of music to Nashville”.  If you know much about my beloved South, you will understand that those easily offended (they’re naked!) called for its removal at its installation in 2003.  We all calmed down eventually, or at least got tired of shouting about it, and these days it is a mostly beloved iconic figure representing music in all its forms (we have a wonderful symphony too).  I love music, and many of my posts feature lines from songs I particularly enjoy and/or find relevant.  A case in point would be My Darlin’ Hometown, a song by the great John Prine that speaks to those of us who live far away from home.  My hope is that anyone interested might dig a little deeper, check out the music in question, or even better buy a song or a CD and give it a listen…you waste more money than that driving driving around every day, and music is much more fun!  (30 March, 2010  Nashville, TN)

Lean on me…

These girls come to mind when I think of Vigeland Park and the work of Norway’s most famous sculptor.  They look fierce and fearless, a young posse ready and eager to conquer their world together.  The grouping is a part of the largest sculpture park in the world created by a single artist, including over two hundred works in bronze, granite, and iron.  In 1924, the city of Oslo made a deal with Gustav Vigeland: they had taken the property where his old studio stood, and in return they gave him a huge central park for his studio and support for life.  From then until his death in 1943, he and his assistants worked to realize his interpretation of the Human Condition using sculpture, a fountain, gardens, and the layout of the park itself.  The resulting park is a triumph of creative vision, and one of the most popular attractions in Norway’s capital city.  It can’t go on my bucket list since I live here, but you might consider it for yours.  (20 August, 2011  Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway)