Golden Summer of Love

I have a dream … a series of events for the 50th Anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love
            Do you think I should turn this fantasy into a goal? 
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If you feel ... "today's music ain't got the same soul ... I love that Old Time Rock & Roll!" and you flip back to 1967's "Summer of Love" when "Light My Fire" first time-warped your mind ... Welcome!

What the World Needs Now …
     is a "Golden Summer of Love"
and an Oldies Rock & Roll Radio Ambassador

Boomers, remember "cruisin’ the main drag" to the (now) Oldies in the 1950s through 1980s? Tongue in cheek, we told our parents we're headed to the library for an evening of studying … which translated to a night of beefed-up muscle cars, loud music, and an empty tank of gas by morning.

Whether your drag was Woodward Avenue in Detroit, listening to WJBK’s DJ extraordinaire, Bob Edgington, or Main Street any California town, with the salacious Wolfman Jack feeding you one-liners, it was certainly more exhilarating (and often more educational) than the library.

Cruisin' and playin' the radioWith no particular place to go (Chuck Berry summer 1964)

Fifty-plus years later, we may be different in our methods of cruising, but we’re still teenagers at heart (or at least, 39 and Holding), looking for adventure however and wherever we cruise.

In my current dream, the ocean is my Main Street drag, a yacht is my ’58 Chevy, my frosty drink is a spiked chocolate shake – but my music is still Rock & Roll!

Won’t ya let me take ya on a sea cruise? Ooooh weee, oooh weee, baby  … (“Sea Cruise,” Frankie Ford, 1959!)

In my “I have a dream” vision, I too, want to bring unity to the world – regardless of gender, color, culture, country, political ideologies, religion or other diversifier – all I ask is that you bounce, sway, or dance your way through the day to Oldies Rock & Roll.

It’s been proven many times over that music and especially Rock & Roll is the great equalizer, uniting people around the world. 

My “bucket list” holds just one desire – to travel as far as possible as an Oldies Rock & Roll Ambassador on my yacht, the Rockin’ Rochelle (or whatever means available), to spread joy and memories of the best music that ever brought people together. Golden Years of Rock & Roll Radio: 1950s – 1979 (with some dippin' into the '80s).

Prepping us for a 2017 "Golden Summer of Love" and Hippie Happenings!

There is great music before the mid-to-late 1950s, and measurably less good tunes after the 1970s, but it’s the musical magic of three special decades that stands high above the rest.

Though much of the lyrics of the late 1960s through the 1970s embraced drugs and sex, for me, it’s the Rock & Roll melodies and intertwining descants that tweaked my psyche. With or without a few tokes or a bottle of Jimmy B, swaying came natural, to the mind-riffing guitar and keyboard solos.

As a young married with children when music was my escape, I nearly entered an orgasmic trance the first time I heard Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” through quad headphones. What was your best moment in Old Rock & Roll?

Timeless is the music that pioneered the Rock & Roll Radio Revolution.

Do you remember blurry images on the boob tube, casting its spell on us in the mid-1950s? Radio’s bread-and-butter family hour shows found exciting new audiences on TV. Listeners dwindled. Until

In 1954 Rock and Roll slipped out of hushed obscurity and shook the dial off the new transistor radios. Time stood still when Bill Haley & His Comets belted out, “Rock Around the Clock.”

We danced with our radios at a frenetic pace for the next few years. Elvis told his mama, “That’s All Right” (1954), and from there we just “Let the Good Times Roll” (Shirley & Lee 1956), on “Blueberry Hill” (Fats Domino 1956), and glimpsed what was to come with Jan and Dean’s “Baby Talk” (1959). Think flat top haircuts and white buckskin shoes. Cool, daddy-o!

My dream is the yacht and an ambassadorship for Oldies Rock & Roll Radio. As I mentioned above though, often dreams need adjustment to fit reality, or at the very least, adapted to what’s possible. In addition to knowing what you want, you must know what you don’t want in life.

While creating the Blast from Your Past book series about pioneering Rock & Roll Radio DJs, thoughts of selling a million books or even enough to pay for my time, has never been a focus. I simply want to document some of the wild-‘n’-crazy true tales behind the microphones of our pioneering Rock & Roll Radio stations – before they disappear in the swirling airwaves of time.

Flowers, Music and Summer Magic

I don’t want to create just another “book tour” to limply peddle a few copies of books. Their value is in the storytelling. So even if my yacht-dream (Plan A) falls short, “Plan B Dream” is to create Rock & Roll events – Hippie Happenings – as I tour. Personally and virtually, we'll Rock the Blast from Your Past "Golden Summer of Love."  

In every port and every city, we’ll celebrate – not my books – but the fact that we CAN celebrate our past and present, Rockin’ out to the Oldies. Many Classic Rock .music artists who still sing their hearts out on tours, prove – we may be old, but we aren’t dead yet.
Janis Joplin, Big Bro & Holding Co. 1966-67

Picture Oldies bands, theme fashions for those who want to go all-in, meet-and-greet pioneering Rock & Roll Radio DJs, story-telling time with true tales by those who were “there” in the beginning, memories flowing like wine (with beer and wine on hand, or course). 

Let's party! After all, it’s the music and its unifying presence that matters most … and these events will be AFFORDABLE for those seniors on a Social Security budget.

Now, I ask you – is my Plan A yacht-dream achievable? If enough people think so, we’ll transform it into a goal with a crowd funding platform. You are the key … Or, if it’s a pipe dream, it will be relegated to fantasy status, and we'll work on Plan B. 

Help me decide – let me know if you think I should create a GoFundMe or other crowd-source site account, to make my yacht and Oldies Rock & Roll Radio Ambassador dream (A or B), a reality!

[Related article about dreams, goals, and reality.] Let's face it - if we don't do this, we'll be "SOL" - you know what that means! "Sadly out of love!" (What were you thinking it meant?! heehee)

Should I set up a crowd-sourcing account to fund a 2017 Golden Summer of Love events cruise to spread the joy and memories of the Golden Years of Rock & Roll Radio?

Please vote!

OR - Send an email vote Yes / No / Probably  - and feel free to comment.

Have a question? Event suggestions? Memory to share? Let’s Rock & Roll!

Thank You! And remember … follow your dream until it catches you …

Rock On!

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