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Art Affect

“What art has had a significant impact on your life?” That was the question Joyce posed to her staff yesterday at our off site meeting. That was followed by some cool stories about how art had changed the lives of my new peers. Here are some of them:

  • One guy was completely inspired by the lawn designs cut into the grass at Fenway.
  • A recent Junior High play helped a young mother show her young daughter that kids can perform too.
  • The sound of Sarah McLachlan’s voice sang the power of music to a young woman.
  • The difficulty learning to play guitar gave a guy more appreciation for the great ones.
  • One guy sang with the Boston Pops and in Rome at the Vatican with his college chorus.
  • “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac sent a guy to explore the Beat generation and led him to discover Bob Dylan.
  • The book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” led one to gain perspective on the relatively petty struggles of his own life.
  • Another book, “Sophie’s Choice” has stayed with Joyce since she read it over 20 years ago.

I struggled with my choice… Music? There are so many songs that have moved me. Tar Hut?, Pollock? I opted for my trip to Britain’s National Gallery with Kevin and Noreen in March of 2001. (This week Quicken just informed me!) Since then art has changed my perspective so many times. I believe it has made me a better person.

What art has affected your life?

1 Comment

  1. Barb

    The Arts influence my life in so many different ways that I cannot imagine picking just one. This Sunday morning, I am thinking about the beautiful architecture of 100 y/o homes and the master craftsmen that collaborated to build and maintain them.

    On the music front: While I am excited about seeing three of my favorite artists reunited, I am worried that all these Police tickets I keep buying will result in a horrid ‘Syncrocity’ review.

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