I had a dream last night – one I’ve had several times before. I moved
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. That’s right, I have
exclusive 24/7 access to view all of the exhibits. In my mind’s eye,
I see myself reading every last handwritten lyric, set list, production note
and handbill. With my finger, I trace signatures that are pitch perfect
in their own right.
I linger over each guitar, piano, drum kit, and article of stage clothing.
They speak to me with lyrics I can’t quite make out.
Should anyone care to tell me what this means, I’m all ears.
It should come as no surprise that the Rock Hall feels like home to me.
When I’m there, I’m all-in. I couldn’t tell you the hour of the day
or day of the week if I tried. The best part? I always leave
with a new piece of knowledge. Or an exhibit I’ve seen
many times before resonates with me in a new way.
My latest visit to the museum was one of my most memorable
to date. For this music lover, it’s indescribable what an honor it was
to hang at my “second home” with Daru Jones, Jack White’s touring drummer,
before their gig at Jacob’s Pavilion. Thank you, Eric, for making it happen.
Eric and Daru
Below are a few of my favorite things on display at the Rock Hall.
And the lyrics that came to mind as I most recently admired each treasure.
“Jane, Jane you watched me change from a boy to a man
Jane you stood behind me and the boys in the band.”
Jane, Beau Coup
“Don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life.
There’s a bad moon on the rise.”
Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
“And mother always told me, be careful who you love
And be careful what you do ’cause the lie
becomes the truth.”
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today.”
Space Oddity, David Bowie
If you’ve been to the Rock Hall, what’s your favorite exhibit?
Planning a trip to Cleveland? Be sure to add the Rock Hall to your itinerary.
Who knows? We may just bump into one another.
Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received
any compensation for writing this post.