I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't believe I get paid to do what I do. For more than ten years, I've told the world about the power of rock and roll, its influence as a cultural movement and its ability to make the world a better place. It's true. This music can take you by surprise and leave you changed. This happens too at...let's say...a neighborhood bar where a local band stuns everyone, and we're all better for it.
I'm not usually at a loss for words, but what I saw last night at Brother's Lounge is hard to describe. The short of it, I'm proud. Last night was the debut performance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's all-employee band "Exhibit A"- named by the bass player and Chief Curator here at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jim Henke.
The local media had written stories. Everyone was coming. The pressure was on. Given their day jobs, these guys and gals HAD to be good. So to get it better than right "Exhibit A" put in long hours and late nights. They sacrificed time with family. And, at times, they even sacrificed their own sanity. And you know what? Last night, it was all worth it. These guys knocked it out of the park.
To quote Bruce Springsteen when he inducted U2, "It's embarrassing to want so much and expect so much from music, except sometimes it happens." There are times when after a lot of hard work, dedication, passion and yes, talent - everything comes together and this magical thing happens. On stage were employees from the education department, marketing, curatorial, library and archives, visitor services, production, IT, facilities, and the Museum store - giving everything they had and nailing their parts, with feeling. The support from dozens of coworkers, board members, family and friends was part of the energy. It was the best of what I see at work at the Museum each and every day and the reason we all love this music. Yes, sometimes it does happen.
The show was completely in the pocket. The house was packed. The cheering fans were in full force and left wanting more. I never cease to be proud of the dedicated employees that we have here at the Museum and of their ability to remind us all of the myriad ways this art form touches us.