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)

And forget about game, I’ma spit the truth! I won’t stop ’till I get ’em in they birthday suit…

Glad I finally got a chance to name-check Luda!  The image in question is one of a series of sculptures by the great Norwegian artist Skule Waksvik, appropriately called “Lady at the Wharf” as it is installed at Oslo’s harbor, the Aker Brygge.  Norwegians value public art as I have mentioned before, and many of Waksvik’s sculptures are installed around the city and the country.  Although some may consider the frank nudity of his voluptuous models a trifle off-putting, I enjoy his work as sincere expressions of appreciation for the female form.  If you’d like to learn a bit more about Waksvik, and indeed about Norway in general, check out the great blog by RennyBA here (don’t worry, he writes in English for the benefit of his broader audience).  (31 August, 2011  Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway)