On Thursday, I met friends for lunch and then went to see Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. The movie centers on Oakland A's general manager, Billy Beane's use of computer generated statistics to assemble a winning baseball team. Now, I'm not really a baseball fan, so I thought that while the movie was interesting, it was also very slow moving. My friends are baseball fans, and I think they felt the same way about this film. I would give it only a B-.
Later that evening, I attended a concert at Boston College sponsored by the Gaelic Roots program. Monsignor Charlie Coen from New York played traditional Irish music on his concertina, tin whistle, and flute. He was very entertaining. I believe that he said he was eighty-seven, but you should have heard him delivering jokes. There was a joke it seemed between each musical selection. What a memory he has for stories and, of course, the music. Being a flute player myself, I particularly enjoyed those pieces, but I was equally amazed by the music he coaxed from his concertina. For more information, visit the Gaelic Roots Program.