I Wanna Rock!

This past weekend the latest inductees were welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Some of the Band Wives and guys took a road trip to Cleveland to hit up the RRHOF and margarita flights (at Nueva Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar)!

Inspired by my hours immersed in rock history, here are some great performances from my favorite inductees!

 

Stop Draggin My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks (inducted 2019) featuring Tom Petty (inducted with The Heartbreakers in 2002)

I’ll kick it off with a song from the class of 2019, the first woman to be inducted twice, the first time with her group Fleetwood Mac. As luck would have it it also includes one of my other faves, Tom Petty!

 

Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond (inducted 2011)

When I was growing up, Hot August Night was easily the most played album in my house. Every one of us had their own favorite song from the Hot August Night live double album recorded live from the Greek Theater. Mine was the mashup of Brother Love and Soolaimon. Hallelujah!

 

Can’t Stand Losing You by The Police (inducted 2003)

I have loved listening to The Police since my brother’s college days, and my favorite song comes from very early on in their career, from the Outlandos d’Amour album.

 

 

You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees (inducted 1997)

This song brings me right back to high school. This video is really cool because Andy Gibb is also singing in it. I may not have John Travolta’s dance moves, but I start to groove as soon as I hear the opening notes! For those who think the Bee Gees just disco, look them up and you realize they had quite a spectacular career.

 

God Only Knows by the Beach Boys (inducted 1998)

I searched through several different videos for this song before choosing this, bittersweet because although Carl looks blissful while performing it, Brian seems wooden. After watching Love and Mercy, I realize the pain and listlessness Brian felt and in this video it is visible and heartbreaking.

 

Somebody To Love by Queen (inducted 2001)

It may seem silly that my favorite memory of this is in the kids movie Happy Feet, but it’s true. The drama and angst and harmonies are all representative of this amazing band.

 

When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt (inducted 2013)

It’s become tradition for the Band Wives to perform at our annual festival, Bands On The Run. Joanne (and the other wives as backup) knocked this song out of the park last year (thanks to the guys for always backing us up!) Here’s Linda doing it:

 

Already Gone by the Eagles (inducted 1998)

And of course you need to follow up Linda with her former back up band, The Eagles. As many of you already know, my favorite Eagles song is Already Gone, which is in standard rotation whenever the band plays out. Although a bit grainy, I love how the guys are having so much fun!!

 

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley (inducted 1986)

I have been an Elvis fan from way back. There are so many more songs of his that were influential in rock and roll and gospel and blues, but the one of love the most is this one. Here’s the Elvis I will always remember, young and vibrant and charismatic:

 

Helplessly Hoping by Crosby, Stills & Nash (inducted 1997)

This song showcases their harmonies like no other, in my opinion. Day Ja Voo plays it with just one guitar and three gorgeous voices, This reaches deep into my soul whenever I hear it.

 

I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles (inducted 1988)

With hundreds of songs, it was really hard to narrow down what to select. For me, it came down to one that was early and easily recognizable. Look at those fresh faces and raw talent! Ladies and gentlemen: The Beatles!

 

 

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My 12 Favorite Key West Party Places

Last February I was watching the world stroll by the porch where we were hanging out and sipping beer in the sunshine. I have been thinking about how I wanted to write about the places that the Band Wives (and husbands) visited in Key West last winter, then I crunched the numbers and realized we frequented 22 different restaurants and bars! How to get this down to a manageable number…to make it an even dozen, I’ve decided to leave the Hemingway bars Sloppy Joe’s and Capt Tony’s for a separate read. So here are 12 of the most fun places, all located in sunny Key West!

 

We started at the Grand Vin Wine Bar, the wives lured in by the chalkboard sign out front that said, “Free Wine Tasting!” The guys and I scrounged a couple of beers from a cooler in the back while the wives lined the bar. We got our drinks and headed out to the porch and the sunshine. A photo op led us to meet Liz and Dave (on the left), there on Key West for a long weekend from Indiana. She heard someone yell, “Troublemaker!” (it could have been meant for any one of us} and then offered to take a pic. They joined us for a drink and we became fast friends, joining in when the partiers on a balcony across the street started a yelling war, in which of course we participated. When it was time to get some dinner, Liz and Dave recommended The Salty Angler. We were charmed by the fish tacos and live music. It didn’t take long for the dancing to start when we heard Warren Zevon’s Lawyers, Guns, and Money, one of Bridgette’s faves.

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Key West in 200 Words

20 degrees in Syracuse at 6 am. By 3 pm I make it to sunny Key West. Blue water, sandy beaches, and chickens roaming the streets. Warm air hits my face as I get off the plane. Inside, I spot the bar at the same time that I hear ” Yea, Debbie!”  They are all anxiously waiting my arrival so we can head to our island getaway.

After checking in, the more responsible band wives decide that chores must be done. After the beds are made, suitcases unpacked, and clothes changed, we head out grocery shopping. We walk down the street, then the tide of wives turns. Those in the back understand the shift immediately when we see the sign, “Free Wine Tasting.” The wives head for the bar while the guys and I scrounge in the back cooler for beers, and then venture out on the porch.

Liz and Dave notice us when someone yells “Troublemaker!” and they decide this is a crowd they want to be part of! Liz offers to take a pic and then joins us for drinks.

Later, fortified, the band wives venture off to find essentials at CVS while the rest of us enjoy cocktails, sunshine, and vacation.