Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cleveland Rocks - or Not

I consider myself a music appreciator. I'm not an expert, and there isn't one band I follow obsessively around (well...there's the whole boy band thing, but that's not about the music, so we'll save that for later discussion). But I do love all types of music.

For instance...

I love listening to Bruce Hornsby play the piano. I highly recommend it. And even better if you get a live version where he floats in some stuff from his days with the Grateful Dead. And I can go to a Dave Matthews concert and not be pissed that he doesn't sound like his radio version, because I know he is an artist that is creating something new every time he plays, not just a really good musician that knows how to read notes on a page.

On the other hand, one of the best times I ever had was when Barry Manilow came to Parent's Weekend and I saw him with my mom and dad, because every song reminded me of being eight years old and dancing in the living room with my little brother to Mom's records.

My iPod is so random, I even have a play list named "Random".
Avril Lavigne and Pat Benetar
The Foo Fighters and The Beatles
Jonas Brothers and Bon Jovi
Rascal Flatts and John Denver

So, people of Cleveland, I ask you....where is your passion? You spent how long and god knows how much money lobbying to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I don't claim to know the politics that goes along with that decision, but somebody somewhere wanted it bad enough.

For the past month or so, HBO has been playing promos about the concert of all time in Madison Square Garden...I didn't pay much attention, thinking it was some sort of Live Aid-type event, but the other day it had my focus and I was surprised to hear it was to celebrate the anniversary of the Hall of Fame.

Really? A concert to celebrate the Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, OH was conducted in New York City? Now, I know that The Q and Browns stadium are no Madison Square Garden, but c'mon? Where are all the people that fought so hard to get the building here? Why aren't they fighting just as hard for the induction ceremonies and concert events? That's where the money is, if that's all you care about.

I mean, I'm sure there were people who thought having a cool museum would attract visitors, but nobody in their right mind should have thought it would make people VACATION here.

If I was from anywhere but here, and my parents said "Okay, kids, load up. We're off to Cleveland." they would have had a mutiny.

So shouldn't there have been some game plan for after construction?

And note to U2: Don't think I don't realize you wouldn't lower yourself to appear here. You and your fancy names and skull caps. I'm on to you.

And note to Madison Square Garden: You suck, and if you are not paying royalties to the city of Cleveland every time you say Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, somebody call my lawyer.


  1. I'm SO glad to know of your randomness in music choices:-) mine is Vanessa Mae to Missy Elliott and then Beyonce to Mozart concertos...I love music and this post made me smile!
    Hugs from Eastern Oregon!

  2. Alice, I know exactly how you feel! My ipod and MP3 player are full of things from Black-eyed Peas to The Beatles! Then there is the less known artists like Powderfinger and Alice In Chains. My friend Christiejo, just went to see a Glen Hansard concert last night! So she had better bring back some good photos!
    Even then, I keep changing my music around, so then my computer is full of stored music too!

  3. Alice, I randomly ran across the movie Once and have been in love with Glen Hansard ever since. What a great artist.

    Flying Eagle Woman, if I can make just one person smile, I feel accomplished. Thanks.

  4. Anna....I have just spent the better part of an hour getting caught up on your blog. The laundry chute story had me in tears, I was laughing so hard, and I loved your memories of childhood with Charlie and John, trick-or-treating on North Main, etc. In fact, if Grandma K ever wants to pass the cauldron on to another Amherst resident to continue the tradition, I'd be honored to do it! (Unless you'd like to make it a new Bay tradition, of course). As for the "no devils/ghosts/witches" nonsense, I wholeheartedly agree with you as well as with your followers' comments. Sorry this comment has been so long...and so long in coming. Keep writing. P.S. You and I have even more in common than I'd thought, including a crush on that "Talk Soup" guy. And another thing: I remember that cheap Casper costume like it was yesterday!

  5. Katie again. Why is "anonymous" the only profile I can successfully select to post a comment? I even have my (old) picture on your blog now! Yeesh. I feel like Mom.

  6. Katie - thanks for the support. And the only thing I can think of is that you weren't signed in to your google account, when you tried to use the drop down. I know I had a problem at first that my picture wouldn't come up with my comment and the name was coming up as my e-mail address, but I don't remember how I fixed it.