Turning south for the first time in a month we depart Michigan’s UP and cross the mighty Mackinac Bridge trying our best to stay ahead of the impending winter weather.
Following the west coast of Lake Michigan we pass through beautiful farm country and coastal resort towns.
The colors continue to be brilliant but in some areas are quickly fading before our eyes.
In Traverse City we find Sparks BBQ located along the Boardman River and eat what we consider to be some of the finest brisket and dry rubbed ribs we have found in Michigan.
The weather remains unsettled and very wet. We spend two nights camped in a driving rain with wind gusts up to 45 mph, not much fun for sleeping.
We spend a couple of nights at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lake Shore. It is a very scenic and relaxing place where bird watching is exceptional.
In Ann Arbor we visit my nephew Lucas, a very talented saxophone player, and a graduate of music from Michigan’s Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He is currently a member and manager of The Moanin’ Frogs and tutors students around the city.
Approaching southern Michigan all of a sudden we realize that we are less than 200 miles from Cleveland and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was a no brainer so we immediately head east.
Built on the shores of Lake Huron in downtown Cleveland the pyramid shaped building is a sight to see. We find a place to camp in a parking lot within the ship yards just behind this amazing building.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one of Cleveland’s most popular attractions. Since its opening in 1995, more than 9 million visitors, musicians and celebrities have walked through its doors.
I had wondered why the museum was located in Cleveland and found out it is the hometown of Alan Freed, the disk jockey who popularized the term “rock ‘n’ roll” in the early 1950s.
You don’t need to be a die-hard fan of rock music to enjoy the country’s one and only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The museum houses a number of permanent and temporary exhibits. It follows the progression of the early roots of Rock as well as special collections and artifacts from some of the best rock ‘n’ roll musicians of all time.
We loved the museum’s massive collection of memorabilia including guitars, hand written song lyrics, and vintage clothing.
Some rock historians claim that rock and roll was one of the first music genres to define an age group, the baby boomer generation.
Others say rock and roll may have contributed to the civil rights movement because both African-American and white American teens enjoyed the same music.
There is no doubt Rock and Roll influenced my youth while growing up in Southern California. Lifestyle, fashion, attitude, and language were directly attributed to what I listened to on the Sunset Strip and heard on the AM radio.
I never would have guessed that in the late 60’s the rock music I listened to in the small clubs along the Sunset Strip such as the Troubadour, Whisky a Go Go, and the Roxy would go on to become timeless.
Hearing bands live like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors and the Beach Boys is something I will never forget.
During this time period rock music was about cars, school, dating, drugs and war. In the late 60’s some rock and roll lyrics described events and conflicts that some of us could relate to through personal experience.
To me music is like a time machine. Certain songs can remind us of times in our lives, and familiar sounds trigger familiar images in our heads.
I believe music attaches itself to a moment or period in which we experienced it most intensely, and by hearing it again we can be taken back to that moment.
In 1966 Denise chased the Beatles entourage through the downtown streets of Anchorage on her Honda 65 while the Fab 4 was making a short stop on their around the world tour. She saw them waving from an upstairs window.
We spent 3 glorious hours wandering through the 6 different levels of museum examining the exceptional exhibits, artifacts and artwork.
The museum’s most famous event is the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that takes place every April.
In 2004 George Harrison was posthumously inducted into the hall of fame. As part of the ceremony an all star band preformed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” George’s best-known Beatles song.
The group featured Tom Petty and two other members of the Heartbreakers, as well as Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison (George’s son) and Prince, also an inductee that year.
Prince’s stunning guitar solo during the performance has rightly been hailed as one of the best onstage moments of his career.
We enjoyed this exceptional performance in the moving Power Of Rock Experience theater located within the museum.
We were very lucky to live during the burgeoning days of rock and yet still live in a time when rock music continues to stimulate and I believe improve our lives.
Rock and Roll – a past influence and the ultimate soundtrack to our youthful ambitions that continues to inspire us today.
The only sad part about the museum is that once inside you realize how many of these famous musicians are now gone. Whether it be of old age or other reasons some passed way too young.
Don’t miss our latest video “Long Live Rock”.
To really enjoy the soundtrack you will need headphones, good earbuds or a fine stereo system, click the HD button, crank up the sound and enjoy!
We certainly did.
The soundtrack to our video is from the 2004 Induction Ceremony. All other videos and photographs were taken inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during our visit.
If you like roll and roll don’t miss this excellent museum.
Next we wander south through Ohio… keep you posted!
20 thoughts on “Long Live Rock”
Pretty darn awesome! Having grown up and having lived in Northern Ohio for all those years, I sadly never made it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Suann and I grew up just west of there. Music does the mind, body, and soul good!
Thanks Phil its good to hear from you. Ohio is a beautiful state and would seem like a great place to be from. The museum will always be there so maybe next time your in town…..its well worth a visit.
Happy Holidays to you and yours T+D
Dude…you are taking your video’s to the next level! Superimposing? WOW. And I love the new opening video of your post…gonna miss the Zephyr and campfire. Born to be Wild is still at the top of my Traveling playlist…the song always amps me up for a long drive, like kerosene on a fire. Although I do not feel old (whatever the feeling should be), losing some of our favorite storytellers always makes me remember how many years their music has inspired me…that is when I realize “oldness”. Love your post…and we have no fear that you two will never stop Rockin.
Thanks for the fine words Mike, the museum brought back many great memories for us but as you mentioned it also made us realize how timeless and inspirational our music really is. I will never forget the opening song to “Easy Rider” watching its preimeir in Westwood in 1969, it inspired us to hit the road and discover America, which by the way we are still doing. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
It is pleasure to follow you at the wonderful landscapes and god will bless You.
Glad your following the Big Dogs adventure’s Achim, Happy Holidays
Spectacular video. Thank you for allowing us to go down memory land.
Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, can’t wait for the next episode! Maybe next year we’ll be in a position to hit the road again – would love to rendezvous on the road again.
Thanks Elwood and Beth, Hope your new home is progressing smoothly and the winter has been easy on you, Happy Thanksgiving!
I loved meeting you & especially lulu & Tuk! Come back soon!
Ginger it was our good fortune to meet you and Molly, thanks so much for the amazing gin tour we leaned a alot if you ever come to Alaska you have our contacts……
Wow! Yes indeed ….lucky to have been a California girl when I was and been able to see some of these greats.
Thank you !
Oh, I’m so envious! LOVE how Tuks is listening to the latest video. Knew he had good taste!
Yes Tuks loves his rock 🙂 if you guys ever make Cleveland this place is differently worth a stop.
Enjoyed the “trip” very much!
Hi Sally, glad you enjoyed, it certainly brought back good memories of times past.
I lived in Cleveland from 1973 to 1980 and the downtown area was a slum. So glad they cleaned it up and built this museum. Thanks for showing it.
We were impressed with downtown Cleveland the waterfront area is quite nice, thanks for following the big dogs!
You had me at Neil Young’s handwritten lyrics of “Heart of Gold.”
The place was filled with handwritten lyrics and original sheet music, an amazing collection, glad your following the big dogs