Yesterday I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City. As a lifelong musicologist it was quite a thrill to see all the exhibits and artifacts from many artists I grew up with and admired.
There was also a special exhibit called “John Lennon: The New York City Years” that was especially poignant and ultimately moving, given the tragedy of his all-too-early death in 1980. Bottom line, I’d highly recommend this museum to anyone with a love (or even a liking) of music.
More importantly, however, this visit crystallized the very reason I love this genre of music so much in the first place. There was a 10 minute video that kicked off the visit that was very well done and was visually and sonically top notch. So much so that by the time it ended with a crescendo of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” while over 50 years of Rock and Roll history flashed on the screen, I experienced an exhilarating “jolt” of emotion.
Exhilaration – that was “the thing” that keeps putting music in the forefront of my life. And when seen in a “virtually live” context of that video, watched with a roomful of other people, it only heightened the feeling.
Great Rock and Roll, particularly performed live, is an unmatched sensory experience. Far better than anything 140 characters can deliver.
For when was the last time you felt exhilarated sending or receiving a Tweet? Perhaps only when you clicked a music link. Or when you Tweeted from a concert, or from some other event that you enjoyed.
Social Media is more of a conduit in this regard- it’s not an exhilaration generator in and of itself. More like a means to share (and learn) about experiences. Like this one, for example.
So, at least occasionally, I highly recommend you put down the Blackberry or iPhone, step away from the computer, and pull out and play an old vinyl record, or a CD – or better still, go to a concert, or a club – and experience the exhilaration of Rock and Roll a little more often. You’ll be glad you did.
For as the Rolling Stones said, “I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do”.
Me too lads, me too. 🙂