Saturday Night Serenade–Oh Yeah!

Tonight we honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 30th Induction Ceremony which is being held at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  The 2015 inductees are Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lou Reed, The 5 Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  I can’t wait for that concert on HBO.

Several of these artists are on my personal top-ten list, but I have always maintained that when I grow up, I want to be Joan Jett.  So it wasn’t really hard to pick the right song for Saturday night.  Enjoy!  Oh, yeah!

Saturday Night Serenade–Once Upon A Date Night

Right here at the beginning of this post I want to issue a massive spoiler alert.  I’m going to reveal a delicious surprise that you might not want to see.

wpid-img_20140404_194536.jpgAbout a year ago, Mr. R. and I attended a performance of the touring company of Broadway’s American Idiot.  For the uninformed, American Idiot is the Broadway musical adapted from Green Day’s brilliant album of the same name.  If you’ve never listened to the album in its entirety from beginning to end the way it was meant to be heard, drop what you’re doing and listen to it right now.  No seriously.

We made the journey to Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts for the show.  As we sat in our balcony seats waiting for the show to start, we overheard a hysterical conversation.  A couple of septuagenarians who were season ticket holders were a few rows behind us and they chatted in a friendly way with a young man seated next to them.

“What is this show? Some of our friends told us they walked out of the performance last night,” the woman said.

American Idiot is sort of this generation’s Hair,” the young man explained.  “The songs are from the band Green Day.”

“Green Tree?” the older man said.

“Green Day.  The band is called Green Day,” the younger man said.

“Are any of their songs in the show?” the woman asked.  By this time, Mr. R. and I were snickering.

“All of the songs in this show are by Green Day,” he patiently explained.

“Oh, I think we’re going to like this,” the woman said confidently.

To their credit, the couple was there until the end.  We loved the show and highly recommend seeing it when you have the chance.  Be forewarned, it’s not for the easily offended, but if you’re a Green Day fan it’s an absolute must-see.  And for the spoiler…

At the very end of the show we were treated to something completely unexpected.  The entire cast came out, each with an acoustic guitar, and they played Good Riddance.  With twenty guitars and vocal harmony, it was an experience that still gives me goose bumps.  This video is from the final show on Broadway and features Billie Joe Armstrong.  It’s a bootleg video and the quality isn’t all that, but you’ll get the idea.

So, goosebumps, from me to you.  Happy Saturday Night!

So…Where Is It?

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I don’t feel any different.  Yesterday I had my f-word birthday.  No, not forty.  The other f-word.  I know, right?!  How did that happen?  One day, I’m a gawky seventeen-year-old, the next thing you know I’m a card-carrying member of the AARP.

So this morning I expected to feel like a senior citizen.  You know, experience the overwhelming desire to drink nickel coffee (even though I don’t drink coffee).  Feel the urge to call somebody “whippersnapper.”  Bitch at someone to turn down that crazy rock and roll music.  Instantly know when Lawrence Welk comes on television.

Nope.  Nothing of the kind.  It’s something of a let-down, I tell you.  But I did a little thinking.

As I mark my mid-century milestone, I’m inclined to share a few things I’ve learned along the way.

1. A broken heart doesn’t kill you.

2. Even when you have been utterly humiliated, you still wake up the next day.

3. When you’ve been treated really badly, you have an intense appreciation for being treated really well.

4. I’d rather be open to being hurt than closed to real love.

5. If you’ve made it this far with no scars, you haven’t really been trying.

6. Be fearless.

I guess I’ll just have to ease into this thing.  It’s not so bad when you appreciate the fact that more time means more life experience.  You realize that all those things you’ve gone through work together to make you who you are now.

And, of course, some things never change.  I still want to be Joan Jett when I grow up.