Wednesday, April 23, 2014|
Just a Thought...
Music expresses that
which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be
silent. [Victor Hugo]
Thanks for coming by. I hope you're enjoying some shots from
our visit to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this
past weekend. There were so many facets to this museum that
it's impossible to capture or share every detail with you, but I
hope you'll get an idea of some of the highlights.
In addition to the displays of costumes, sheet music and
memorabilia, there are video exhibits. You can watch one
about Elvis or an album-by-album mini doc on each Beatles
release. But some of the most captivating video comes from
the Hall of Fame inductions themselves: snippets from the
ceremonies and an entire montage of all of those who've been
honoured in the past 25 years (before the hall itself actually
The most recent induction was held two weeks ago in New York City
and already, in a darkened corridor exiting a theatre in which you
see those inductees, are the newest backlit signatures. Like
these two: from band members of Nirvana and Cat Stevens.
The signature of nearly every inductee, whether or not he or she
survived to witness the honour, is on display. A mostly
hushed procession stops to see or photograph their favourite
artists' names. I couldn't help noticing that among so many
illegible names, this one stood out for its clarity.
Back to the lower level we go now for some more memorabilia.
For Ian "The General" MacArthur, I took this shot: Eddie Van Halen's guitar and
brother Alex's drum kit. Dig that crazy bass drum
extension! Talk about turning it up to "11"....
Oh...and, of course, another famous Van Halen guitar (which just
happens to be hanging next to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young's famous
"school boy" attire).
I wondered at one point on Saturday if anyone has actually counted
how many guitars are in the Rock Hall. There's even the one
that may actually have started it all in a special display paying
homage to the late, great Leo Fender.
This guitar, meantime, is the one that John Lennon played on the
rooftop during the famous "Get Back" performance in the movie (and
on the album) Let it Be.
It's on display right next to John's lime green satin Sgt.
Nearby is a keyboard that's very special to Beatles' fans.
Here it is, with an explanation.
Tomorrow, remnants of tragically short, but spectacularly famous
lives, plus some Canadian content in the Rock Hall in Cleveland,
(@CHFIErin on Twitter)