Saturday, September 30, 2017

Under the Montauk Moon

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Sag Harbor American Music Festival. It was a beautiful weekend to walk around town and sample the musical bounty of the East End. The festival stages performers throughout the town. Artists perform at venues from the unusual to the sublime, the dock of Schiavoni's Grocery to the Bay Street Theater. Musicians are everywhere. I had never visited the Breakwater Yacht club, so a stop at the stage there was my chance to have a look. A band was rocking' on the balcony. People were dancing along the waterfront. The band, Joe Delia and the Thieves were definite crowd pleasers. 
My video here
Joe Delia and Thieves at the Breakwater Yacht Club
photograph by Lori Hawkins 
In the traditions of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Delia's "Under the Montauk Moon" is the ultimate local anthem. Totally love this song.
Under the Montauk Moon
Joe Delia and Thieves
2013
Under the Montauk Moon 
(Aimless and Immortal by the Sea)

A chilly wind comes roarin'
Down a mid-October night
They boarded up the sidewalks
And turned out all the lights
So I Drove right past old Shagwong
Last call at Liars Saloon
Three guys outside lookin' for a fight
Tonight, Under the Montauk Moon
Surfers down at East Deck
Still waiting for a swell
Harleys revvin' East on 27
Like they're headed straight to hell
And the locals hate all the citiots
Who come out in droves by June
The hand that feeds them really feels the bite
Tonight, Under the Montauk Moon
Baby, you're all that I need
Our Love is holding the key
Baby You're all that I want
Aimless and Immortal by the Sea
The Winter's gonna be a cold one
They say the worst is yet to come
People stockin up their pantries, and loadin' up their guns
But Darkness will break and the sun will shine
and not a minute soon
Brother Daniel will be drumming with all this might
Tonight, Under the Montauk Moon 
Baby, you're all that I need
Our Love is holding the key
Baby,You're all that I want
Aimless and Immortal by the Sea
Hawaiian Ed sits on a bench looking vacant
He plays his ukulele well
then some wealthy socialite comes by
but it's very hard to tell
If she's really from old money
or if her pedigree
Is just a game she plays for kicks
To get her drinks and dinner free
Main street's cold and empty now
Not a soul around
Just the ghost of Andy Warhol
Acting like he owns the town
And there ain't no twenty-somethings listenin' to
no Memory Motel tune
not a living soul in sight
Tonight, Under the Montauk Moon
Under the Montauk Moon
Under the Montauk Moon 
Aimless and Immortal by the Sea

Joe Delia © 2010
Dedicated to the people of Montauk.
Inspired by Winters in Montauk and a line written by PJ--
“Aimless and Immortal by the Sea”
2011
Smoke and Mirrors
Moonlit surf by James Katsipis
A selection of local artists including Joe Delia's "Over the Montauk Moon"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Annie Cooper Boyd Still Inspires

ACROSS TIME: Contemporary Reflections on the Life and Art of Annie Cooper Boyd and the Sag Harbor Experience is on currently on view at the Sag Harbor Historical Society.
Sag Harbor resident, Annie Cooper Boyd (1864-1944) was an artist, diarist and entrepreneur. I've written about Annie before. To those who seek her, Annie Cooper Boyd inspires endless inspiration.  
Annie Cooper Boyd watercolor
Annie Cooper Boyd collection photo and art by Carolyn Hallock

"Across Time" represents a collaboration between the Pierson High School Visual Arts Program, the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Historical Society. Annie Cooper Boyd source material is on display along with student art inspired by Annie's story and commonality of experience. Students were able to examine Annie's diaries, photographs and paintings. During their research they would have discovered Annie's painting of the North Haven Bridge, now the LCpl. Jordan C. Haerter Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
North Haven Bridge by Annie Cooper Boyd
Annie would have ridden her horse over this bridge to Long Beach. The bridge is more substantial today, but the view towards North Haven and the harbor feels much the same as it did in Annie's day. Below, artist, Leigh Hatfield, imagines Annie and her horse at Long Beach. 
Annie often rode out to area beaches on her horse, "Jenny"
by Leigh Hatfield
 
Upstairs bedroom with dormer wall painted by Annie
Nearly two dozen Pierson student artists contributed to "Across Time", I've only included a small sample of their wonderful work here. The exhibit is up until October 15th.  Make sure to visit the second floor bedroom while you're there.
Long Beach by Annie Cooper Boyd
Annie isn't the only one who loves to visit Long Beach. It inspires Hugh and I as well. I love picturing my feet walking where her feet have trod.
Beach Walk by Hugh Gallagher
Sailing School off Short Beach by Gail Gallagher