It’s the weekend. Time to have a little fun, don’t you think? Oh, a museum isn’t fun? Well, come with me into the city. I think you’ll like where we’re going.
Although our home is only 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, we Angelenos don’t measure distance in miles. Oh no! We measure in time! So on a good day, it would take us 30 minutes to get downtown. On almost any other occasion, double that!
As you know, I don’t let traffic issues prevent me from enjoying what the city has to offer. I just plan accordingly.
The Southland’s sprawling geography makes for some complications with public transportation, but for the past ten years we’ve had a favorite way to get into the heart of the action without dealing with traffic or expensive parking.
And off we went to the Grammy Museum.
Are you familiar with the Grammy’s? No, it’s not a pet name for grandmother.
Grammy is a trademarked name for the gold-plated Gramophone awards presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.
Although the Grammy Museum opened its doors in 2008, this was our first visit.
I was most interested in a major exhibit dedicated to 7-time GRAMMY AWARD winner Ringo Starr.
“RIngo: Peace & Love” spans the famed drummer’s life growing up in Liverpool, his time as musician Rory Storm, the Beatles era, followed by his life and career as a solo artist. Rare photographs, documents and personal letters, as well as his drum kits, Sgt Pepper suit and the red jacket worn during the filming of The Beatles’ rooftop concert were just a portion of this really outstanding exhibit.
Did you know Ringo also paints? He often sells his pieces for charitable purposes, and one of my personal favorites, “Knot for Violence” was on display. Note the word “imagine” in the design, a direct reference to his friend and fellow Beatle, John Lennon.
The museum is completely packed with musical history. There are so many listening booths and video opportunities that anyone with a love of music could easily spend the entire day. Woody Guthrie to the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan to Adele and everyone in between–there is more to the museum than just attention paid to Grammy winners.
One floor gives credit to the writers of award winning music, featuring the original handwritten scores on envelopes and napkins, and there is even more with interactive stations devoted to studio profiles and technology. Every genre of music and the music industry is well represented.
All things Grammy would naturally include a nod to fashion. How about elaborate costuming worn by Diana Ross or Whitney Houston, or maybe Michael Jackson?
But all this glamor, and can you believe it? NO PHOTOS ALLOWED! That was the rule, and I tend towards obeying the rules. Most of the time.
The Ringo exhibit was guarded and I was sure to behave myself.
But there are 30,000 square feet in this full to overflowing museum, and while one group was snapping photos of the Jenni Rivera exhibit, I hurriedly whipped out my iPhone.
The photos are a little shaky. Sorry about that. I wasn’t sure if getting caught with a camera might result in a permanent ban from the museum, and I would really enjoy visiting from time to time. It was such a pleasure!
The Grammy Museum is at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, and open daily. It’s worth the visit and the time! Who doesn’t enjoy music?
I’ll leave you with one of my favorites, highlighted at the Dylan/Cash listening booth.
I hope you have an excellent weekend and if you want to make your exhale even better, be sure to include a little music!