Music

Paintings set in Song

Blues and Middle Eastern scales blend into children’s voices holding a line as simple as a Shaker tune, with low notes below. A man and a woman stand by their sleeping son and daughter, holding a newspaper with a headline from the blitz. American music of all kinds embraces well-known images in “Norman Rockwell: Paintings…

FreshGrass tunes up

Sunny, breezy and Saturday morning — at the end of the picnic table, Tony Pisano plays the first run of a dance tune from Quebec. Lightly and rapidly on piano accordion he leads into La Bastringue, and fiddles, mandolin, guitars, standing bass and bodhran come in around him. I’m feeling for notes on tenor recorder. I…