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 existed). 

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. Pepper's uniform.

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, Ohio. 

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