Odds and Ends

This is gonna be a catch up blog…and it’s written the night before publishing, which almost never happens…but in this case it is because I won’t have time for blogging in the morning.  Tomorrow is a travel day for this California girl!

As I was packing for the convention, I realized that I was forgetting all sorts of fun little things – like my small but mighty collection of Duran Duran pins!  I have them pinned onto a denim jacket I own, and so that was quickly put in the “to pack” pile.  I’ll probably wear it on Saturday during the day…or Friday night… who knows, I just know I’m taking the jacket. I also own a very precious (to me) Dom Brown guitar pick that I have on a chain, and I decided I’m going to bring that.  This is the ONE time that I can wear any and all of my Duran items and be seen as part of the crowd rather than a throwback to 1985 (well, I can still be seen as a throwback, but I’ll be in fantastic company), so I’m bringing it all.  I encourage you to do the same, and we can admire one another’s great attire and accessories!

Not sure if any of you saw the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.  I realize that for many, this is a sore subject because Duran Duran has yet to be recognized (and in truth I doubt that they will ever be on that ballot…) – but it’s still worthy of noting. Here’s the list:

  • Nirvana
  • Hall and Oates
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Yes
  • The Replacements
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel
  • LL Cool J
  • N.W.A
  • Link Wray
  • the Meters
  • Cat Stevens
  • The Zombies
Approximately 5 to 7 on this list will be inducted…and interestingly enough, fans can vote for their favorite.  However, and this is a big however – any and all fan ballots collectively count as a SINGLE vote.  So for however thousands or millions of us vote – the fine people “in charge” of the hall believe our vote is only worth a single vote to the 500-600 other votes they receive from “industry people”. To be blunt, they can shove it. 
While there are certainly some acts on that list that I feel deserve the mention, there are a few that I really, really question.  I suspect industry politics has far more to do with getting on that list than ones career…but I check it every year out of sheer curiosity.  I can’t help it.  What do you think?
I know this is a short blog, but I have a mountain of packing and laundry…so I must bid you good night and farewell.  My next blog will be from Chicago!
-R

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