The Doors

2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Tonight I watched the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Fuse. I absolutely love Rock and Roll and always look forward to each year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees.This year’s ceremonies were full of blues and soul and I was loving it! Here’s a wrap-up of the night’s events:

John Legend inducted New Orleans Rock and Roll legend Dr. John (who has performed at The Lyric!) Dr. John has and continues to play some of the best music influenced by the New Orleans scene. Dr.John performed his classical song “Right Place, Wrong Time” and was joined by John Legend on “Such A Night” were both artists showed their incredible piano talents.

Bette Midler inducted 60’s icon Darlene Love. Ms. Love performed “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” as well as “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen.

Rob Zombie (who I love) then inducted Alice Cooper, the band, not just the man (who I also love). The band performed their hit “Eighteen”.

Then, Neil Young (who I don’t love very much) inducted Tom Waits (who I definitely love). His performance was absolutely amazing! Tom performed “Make It Rain” and “Rain Dogs”. I had no idea, but his wife, Katherine, is also his song partner. I think that’s so awesome and adorable!

Then: Two more favorites! Elton John inducted Leon Russell. Leon’s performances were incredible as well! “Delta Lady” and “A Song For You”. He was joined by John Mayer who reminded me why I love him so damn much. (Probably because he wasn’t talking… just playing that guitar so f*cking sexy).

Judy Collins (who has also performed at The Lyric) performed.

John Densmore, drummer for The Doors, presented Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman the Ahmet Ertegu Award.

Paul Simon inducted Neil Diamond. Neil performed “I Am I Said” and “Sweet Caroline”.

At the end of the evening’s ceremonies, a huge group jam session took place featuring just about everyone from the evening: Lloyd Price, Dr. John, Leon Russell and Elton John were featured singing “Stagger Lee” and Alice Cooper, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Elton John all closed the show with “Da Doo Ron Ron”.


Ginger of the Month & Jim Morrison/John Lennon

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison!!!

Today would have been the 67th Birthday of the late, great American rockstar
and poet, frontman of The Doors, Jim Morrison.
He was found dead on July 3rd, 1971 by his long time lover, companion, confidante, and muse, Pamela Courson with whom he spent the last days of his life.

They had a rocky on/off relationship but always ended up coming back to one another. In retaliation to Jim’s frequent infidelities (including a Wiccan marriage), Pamela had several affairs; even so, she is the ultimate Rock and Roll, Ride or Die Woman.

Like Morrison, Pamela has a December birthday (December 22, 1946)
Which is why she is December’s Ginger of the month.

She was the inspiration for many of The Doors songs including:
L.A. Woman
Love Street
Queen of the Highway
Wild Child
We Could Be So Good Together
Orange County Suite
Indian Summer
Blue Sunday
… and more.

In addition to being Jim’s inspiration, it is said that the song Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young is also about Pamela. Neil has never confirmed or denied this.

Pamela died on April 25, 1974 at age 27
(the same age as Jim Morrison and other famous rock stars: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and a slue of others… it’s always been intriguing to me.)

December 8th may be the birthday of one of my all-time favorite musicians, but it is also the day another all-time fav of mine died, John Lennon. I wish I could express just how much I love John Lennon and The Beatles, but I can’t. I take comfort, however, in the fact that so many people feel that same love as I do, and there is no need to explain.

John Lennon was, and remains, one of the greats, theres no doubt about it. His songs bring tears to my eyes and a smile to my face each and every time; no matter what I’m feeling, I’m feeling something with every note. December 8th is a day that will “live in infamy” in rock and roll history.

As much as I celebrate the birth and life of Jim Morrison on this day, I also celebrate the life while mourning the death of John Lennon, (and I know I am in good company in doing so). In memorium of John Lennon: Oct 9, 1940-Dec 8, 1980.

Shopping Day! …with my Boyfriend?

Today I enjoyed a much deserved day off from work at the clinic with my boyfriend Casey. He took me to brunch where we got our food to go and eat while we enjoyed the beautiful South Florida weather at a local park. After that we set out on our mission for that day: To buy Casey a new wardrobe… or at least start.

Of course I can never resist shopping and I picked up a few things for myself.

  • I saw this t-shirt at H&M and I had to buy it. All my Jim Morrison gear is worn out or shrunken. I saw it, gasped and immediately ran over to pick out my size. There was no question that it would be mine. –$17.95

While there I saw an adorable rock and roll leather mini skirt and I wanted one! The only one left was the one on the mannequin and it was a 4 so I wanted to strip that baby off and at least try it on. The store was a mad house however and the staff was rude on top of completely stupid… plus, I want to invest in a really nice one.

  • I picked up a pair of bangles on clearance at Target for about $3.
  • At Forever21 (the store was so cluttered and messy, I much prefer just continuing to order from the site) I picked up this adorable Pearl Neckline Top. I just love Pearls! This top is perfect for me. -$17.80
  • And since they were only $1.50 I got this 3 pair pack of “pearl” earrings.

*TIP* I have a HORRIBLE intolerance to cheap jewelry and a nickel allergy. I love funky, original jewelry so when I find fakey pieces I like I used clear nail polish on them. In stead of fighting with green skin and nickel rash, I avoid it by applying a single layer or clear coat on the part of the jewelry that meets my skin. (IE: the inside of rings and the stud on earrings.) IT REALLY WORKS and elongates the life of your cheap jewelry… it doesn’t look so gross so quick.

  • At Marshall’s I picked up this basic, long sleeve T for -$7.99.
  • I got this basic black pencil skirt at Ross for $9.99. (I love pencil skirts… and my last black one has a bumpy “pootch” thing up top.)
  • I also got a sparkly Ava Rose Wristlet for only $5.99! (it’s going to match my Sparkly black Steven Madden pumps perfect!! … when I buy them. 🙂 )

Casey got several button-up Oxfords, Lucky Brand Jeans and Lucky Brand PJ pants. He was a bit disappointed with his haul for the day, be we’ll just have to go shopping again soon! 😉