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  • March 3, 2021

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Beauty, Eh? ... This Week's Artist Spotlight ... Yvonne Belcher

It's amazing how many of my friends and acquaintances from Marlboro, Mass., are artists, musicians or performers. I've been wanting to feature this friend for a long time and I'm finally doing it. Yvonne Belcher, a fellow Marlboro High alum, is busy these days, working for commission on her drawings and paintings. One of her portraits, "Rachael" will be included in the upcoming members show "The Big Tent" at The Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The 24x36-inch "Rachael", in colored pencil, is shown below, along with 11x14 "Thad" the husky, and the 9x12 boy and girl in colored pencil and acrylic. Yvonne is a special, giving and caring friend. -- Nick Abramo, Bedrock Sports Hawaii

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Bored with everyday town life, a kid sets out on his own whirlwind adventure on a river. That was part of Mark Twain’s inspiration for his 1876 book “Tom Sawyer.” Rush, a three-man band Canadian rock band, tapped into Twain’s idea, releasing a song by the same name 105 years later, in 1981. Aside from the cohesive, rip-roaring keyboards, bass, drums and lead guitar that intertwine majestically, the lyrics suggests to the listener (a bored one, perhaps) to follow one’s own path in life — and on one’s very own river. Some examples: “His reserve, a quiet defense/Riding out the day’s events/The river” and “Catch the mist/Catch the myth/Catch the mystery/Catch the drift.” And one more: “The world is/Love and life are deep/Maybe as his skies are wide.” For me, the song is incredibly energetic, provided by the virtuoso performances of drummer Neil Peart (check out from 2:35 to 2:45!!!), guitarist Alex Lifeson (check out the solo from 2:03 to 2:29!!!) and keyboardist Geddy Lee, who also provides the high, screeching voice and thumping bass guitar. If you like rock and roll and you like it fast and hard-driving and you haven’t heard these guys or haven’t really listened to “Tom Sawyer” very closely when it comes on the radio, I suggest giving it a chance. Aloha.
— Nick Abramo, Bedrock Sports Hawaii

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