“There’s no surf in Cleveland U.S.A…”

“There’s No Surf in Cleveland” – The Euclid Beach Band (1978)

The Beachland Ballroom on an absolutely perfect summer day!

Located in the North Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland’s East side… in the heart of the Waterloo Arts District. The Beachland is a concert venue and tavern but was originally built in 1950 as a Croatian social club called the “Liberty Home.”

Today the facility is home to eclectic musical performances, a sizable yet laid-back tavern, and a record shop in the basement that sells all kinds of cool popular culture items from days gone by, including a collection of old concert tee shirts… About a half-mile north of the Beachland is Euclid Beach–once home to the world famous Euclid Beach Amusement Park, on the shores of Lake Erie… and unfortunately, no… there is “no surf in Cleveland USA…”

Photo taken June 23, 2014


“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” – Johnny Cash (1962, live)

A Lorain County Ohio, Lake Erie beach at sundown.

Photo taken April 29, 2012

“Then blue turns to grey…”

“Blue Turns to Grey” – The Rolling Stones (1965)

Two photos of the frozen tundra of Lake Erie, taken at the Edgewater Park Pier, in the wake of the 2014 Polar Vortex that swept harshly through Cleveland and the Midwest and Eastern United States earlier this week. Edgewater Park is located on Cleveland’s near-west side, in eye shot of downtown, and is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.

Photos taken January 8, 2014

“I am still living with your ghost… lonely and dreaming of the West Coast…”

“Santa Monica” – Everclear (1995)

Photo taken September 8, 2007

Somewhere near Redondo Beach, California, at sunset.

The song, “Santa Monica,” is one of my all-time favorites. And the year it was released, 1995–one of the best years for music. So much great alternative rock music came out in the mid-90’s… I was living in Cleveland, in Ohio City, in a one bedroom apartment. A great soundtrack in my head for those times… And great times to go along with the memorable music!

“I thought I told you to leave me… while I walked down to the beach…”

“Blue Monday” – NEW ORDER (1983)

The beach at the Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Photo taken March 19, 2003

“Forever in debt to your priceless advice… your advice…”

“Heart Shaped Box” – NIRVANA (1993)

On some days, NIRVANA would simply be a little good advice, and a hot cup of joe… This spot meets all the criteria– on the southern shores of Lake Erie at Bradstreet’s Landing Park, in Rocky River, Ohio.

Photo taken June 5, 2012

“Poetry in Motion…”

“She Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby (1982)

Sea Gulls Over the Gulf of Mexico
Galveston, Texas

Photo taken May 7, 2001

“Flying High Again”

“Flying High Again” – Ozzy Osborne (1981)

The Gulf of Mexico coast along the shores of Honeymoon Island.
Dunedin, Florida

Photo taken May 29, 2011

A Honeymoon Island Sun Setting

Honeymoon Island Florida nearing Dusk
The Gulf of Mexico

Photo taken May 20, 2011

“…Where to Draw the Line”

“Draw the Line” – AEROSMITH (1977)

An artist practices his craft at the Clearwater Beach-fest.
Clearwater Beach, Florida

Photo taken April 30, 2005

Eerie Lake

Huntington Beach Reserve – Cleveland Metroparks
Lake Erie
Bay Village, Ohio

Photo taken March 22, 2012