“Cleveland Rocks”. “Magic Carpet Ride”. “American Girl”. “Ride My SeeSaw”.
What do these rock anthems have in common?
Many things, Constant Reader, many things. And, all of them memorable validations to me… Our Father wanted us to be there, despite a ticket snafu 😉 (but that’s another block post, a miracle to be believed)
- “Cleveland Rocks” was the tune on the airport shuttle’s radio, starting up when the vehicle entered the terminal’s looping drive and ending as the driver dropped us off at SouthWest Airlines’ gates. What a send-off!
- “Magic Carpet Ride” was the Steppenwolf classic on the Uber driver’s radio when she transported us the brief distance from our hotel to the venue. Local weather was chilly and rainy, so our party declined to walk.
- “American Girl” was the show opener, as tribute to Tom Petty and his heart-breaking and recent death. I’ve long favored its words as ‘my song’, raised as I was on promises by my fantabulous middle-class parents who embodied Christian values and supportive love.
- “Ride My SeeSaw” ended the show. At long last, the intrepid progressive rockers, The Moody Blues, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame…and this, my friends, is my husband’s favorite among the vast catalogue of records (the pre-tape, CD, and live stream times – haha)
Sadly, there was no ‘jam’ of the inductees to close the show, perhaps because Mark Knoflar and his brother, Phil, were ‘no-shows’. Oddly, three members of the legendary group, Dire Straits, had to induct themselves – no rockstar stepped forward to provide the speech. Though the group had disbanded 25 years ago, one wonders why they couldn’t attend, provided free hotel and airfare, for, er, their fans. With no gunslinging guitars to lead, the group couldn’t recap one of their famed tunes.
I guess their non-appearance embodied “Money for Nothin'”, their radio blitz hit.
Let’s hear it for Bon Jovi, who did re-form and, like most of the inductees, thanked their moms.
Happy Mothers’ Day, everyone!