Boston Common

A National Moment of Silence vs Performing Music with my Band

On the evening of August 14th, I was playing a gig at The Middle East Downstairs club in Cambridge, MA. As per usual, I was in a pretty selfish mode. I was rushing from work, to home, to the gig, where I was going to perform for friends and concert-goers. At some point that afternoon, my partner texted me to ask if during our set I could acknowledge the gathering happening that same evening on the Boston Common. Hundreds of people assembled to honor a national moment of silence, recognizing the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, MO. I had heard rumblings that something would be happening, but I wasn’t quite sure what or where. It was easy enough to quickly check my facts before I made remarks on stage that night during our set. Mostly, I just felt embarrassed. I was embarrassed because I was unaware of actions happening in my own community, and I was embarrassed that in light of these tragic events–and a situation that has only gotten worse–I was hanging out at a music venue. (more…)

Can Art Inspire Us to Effect Climate Change?

This post originally appeared on the Wheelock College Blog.

cool globes

Cool Globes along Boston Common / via coolglobeskids.blogspot.com

If you’ve been to Boston Common or Copley Square in the last few weeks, you’ve no doubt noticed the giant decorated globes adorning Boylston and Tremont Street Boston is the latest stop on the tour for Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. These life-sized works of art were designed by a variety of artists using different mediums, each with a specific point to make, indicated by plaques paired with each globe. (more…)