secrets of Boston

Steinert Hall from Andrew Vella on Vimeo.

I was doing some late night reading when I stumbled across this hidden gem: Steinert Hall. After just seeing an excellent new music premiere in another subterranean art space in Boston, it seemed really fitting.

I have always loved abandoned buildings. The way they physically articulate how a place has changed is fascinating. You cannot get a clearer sense of what a society valued, and how that has changed. The destruction of the original Penn Station in New York illustrates this. The fact that one such place exists under one of my favorite spots in downtown Boston—one that unites my love of abandoned buildings AND music—is too great!

getting out in the world

sunset on the mall

One of the chief benefits drawbacks of being finished with my masters’ work is that I am no longer required to travel to Cambridge three days a week. I certainly don’t miss the rush hour morning commutes, or getting up before sunrise. However, having a excuse reason to be in the city forced me to get out of Connecticut and interact with the greater world, go to restaurants and concerts, and feel like an adult…not just a boarding school teacher.

With that in mind, I headed south during my mid-winter break this past weekend. On the one hand, it was a nondescriptly relaxing weekend: seeing friends, lounging around the house, cooking food, going out for sushi, and taking walks. On the other hand, I had access to Washington, D.C. We went to the National Gallery (new van Gogh acquisition & a Byzantine art exhibit), wandered the mall (see sunset over the Smithsonian above), and had drinks in Dupont Circle.

I returned to my cottage this morning, and I have been sitting in front of the fire for the past several hours. My prep work for another week of school is mostly ready, and I am planning my summer recording session. Hopefully I can call the studio tomorrow and book a few days. It was important to get away and be in the world. It is always good to remember it is all still there!

Road trip

Today I had the good fortune of traveling to Maine do some recording for Pomfret’s spring play, “70lbs of Books.” The play tracks a young Pomfret alumnus as he heads off to fight in the Vietnam war. To see where the Sprite comes in you’ll have to come see the show!