Concert Memories a Generation Apart

Mom and Jean, a nostalgic thank you for taking me to my first concert--Andy Gibb and the Alessi Brothers at Chicagofest, the pre-cursor to Taste of Chicago.  It was unassigned seating, so we arrived to the open air pavilion early.  We snagged the front row seats, and waited in the sun, the heat, the concrete …

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Granny Can Dance

Granny tapped her foot to the rhythm over and again, as the middle school jazz band hopped through their songs.  Her husband next to her, hearing aid hidden and ball cap on his head, slowly pumping his ring finger to "Sing! Sing! Sing!" but it was granny--with her blue plaid shirt and pink Keds that …

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A Ravinia Night

Where were the mosquitoes? I pondered, on a September-like evening at Ravinia last night, enjoying the sounds of British raggae group UB40.  At our house, they would have descended upon all, wreaking havoc on our party.  But here, as seems to be the norm, there were none to be found.  It made for a much more …

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Super Swell Season

Have you seen the awesome Indie film Once?  The sweet story, the wonderful lyrics, the humor and the unlikely heroes simply drags you in and leaves you wanting more at the end.  Two lonely people searching for a touch, a connection, and finding it in the most unlikely way.  A viral success, the music so …

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Rock Alive

There was only one destination for me in Cleveland last weekend--the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A child of rock, I was intrigued to explore this fascinating building on the shores of Lake Erie.   With the triangular shape like the Louvre and the rectangular and circular sections, it was like opposing forces thrown together.  A bit …

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Guitar Genius

I didn't own any Eric Clapton music-until now.  While I enjoyed Clapton's music, I didn't truly appreciate his impact on music and others' influence on him--until now.  I didn't realize how  autobiographical his music was-until now.  I recently finished and absolutely absorbed his autobiography, Clapton.  Eric Clapton succeeded in life because of this love of music, despite his …

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