In Cleveland, Ohio
14.07.2015 - 15.07.2015
I think Cleveland gets a bad rap!
I came only to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I found there is a lot more to see. (Right click on that link if you want to listen to an oldie.)
I stayed at the very nice Glidden House, which was originally the home of the son of the Glidden Paint founder. This hotel is on the campus of Case Western University and within walking distance of the Contemporary Art Museum, a historical society, and the botanical gardens. It is also within biking distance of the Cultural Gardens. Someday, I am coming back to visit all of these. I don't think it has much to offer on "regular history of the area." However, about 20 miles east is an Underground Railroad Museum that is open Friday through Sunday. ( I missed it.)
But the only reason I came to Cleveland was for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everything else was a surprise.
Just in case my grandson Bazil does not want to read this entire blog to see the pictures he specifically requested, here they are:
I was most pleased they had a special Paul Simon exhibit. I have been playing the Graceland CD throughout my entire road trip. I regret getting rid of all my other PS and S&G CDs.
I listened to every audio, watched every video, read every placard, and looked at every item.
While snapping Nirvana pictures, I watched a woman approach a man in his 30s and say "We don't want to hurry you; take all the time you want. We just wanted to let you know we have been here for 3 1/2 hours and you still have 4 more floors to see. But, please take your time. We don't want to hurry you."
I really thought about telling him I was planning on staying until closing time and would gladly get him to wherever his group was staying. But then, I became involved in a display and lost him in the crowd.
And, yes, I did stay until closing. At 7 PM, Paul Simon's most recent percussionist gave a casual presentation in one of the theaters.
Although it was not the high point of my visit and I sort of wish I had cut out after one hour, it was a discussion I would not have had the opportunity to see anywhere else.
I enjoyed every minute of my 10 hour visit.
Two of my favorite spots were the listening hall and booths.
In one, you could listen to the top R&R songs from each decade. I got a good Eminem fix as well as all the good stuff from the 50s through the 70s.
In listening booths, you could listen to the "one hit wonders"and other selections that I never even had the time to try.
There was an absolutely fantastic exhibit of Herb Ritts photos, however.
Of course, if you don't really dig rock and roll music, you will probably want to skip the Hall of Fame.
But I almost forgot to tell you about the video of vignettes with every Hall of Fame inductee and the American Bandstand video.
Better go and spend the day there for yourself.
But if you can't get there, see what you think about who Rolling Stone mag said were the top 100 bands in 2004.