“…we can’t do it any other way… everybody’s got to rock and roll… shout it, shout it, shout it out loud…”

“Shout It Out Loud” – KISS (live 2014)

The legendary rock and roll band KISS, live on stage at the Blossom Music Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The CLEVELAND stop for the band on their 2014 tour–an out-door venue, with a covered pavilion. For his birthday, I took my teen aged nephew and we stood on the lawn… a huge hill, which is what Blossom is known for, and the show did not disappoint! My first KISS concert… my nephew’s second time seeing them! This picture isn’t the best– I brought my old camera instead of my good one… but I was happy with this photo– enough to share it here!

Photo taken August 26, 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


Justo Saborit – Dona’s Dream (2008)

Native of both Havana Cuba and Cleveland’s west side… Justo Saborit, playing his infamous “Latin Soul,” two years ago at Cleveland’s International Exposition Center.

Photo taken February 11, 2012

“There’s an oil barge winding… down the Cuyahoga River…”

“Burn On” – Randy Newman (1972)

Three photographs of the Center Street Bridge, located in the heart of the “Flats” near downtown Cleveland. The first two photographs, looking south eastward, show a freighter ship as it approaches the bridge and as the “Bob-tail Swing Bridge” moves into passing position and allows ships slowly through the narrow channel. The Center Street Swing Bridge was built in 1910 providing foot and automobile traffic to travel east and west across the river. Once the most popular form of bridge in the U.S. today it is the only one of it’s kind still in operation in the State of Ohio. Towering above the Center Street Bridge is the mighty Detroit-Superior Avenue Bridge, built later. The third photograph from street level shows the Center Street Bridge from the east bank of the Cuyahoga River spanning across the waterway.

Top photo taken September 23, 2013
Middle photo taken September 6, 2013
Bottom photo taken August 15, 2012

“…and if I had a dollar bill for all the things I’ve done, there’d be a mountain of money piled up to my chin…”

“Missionary Man” – Eurythmics (1986)

An old, rather odd shaped bank building, on Detroit Avenue in the Gordon Square Arts District west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken June 9, 2013

“I’m free… to be whatever I… whatever I choose… and I’ll sing the blues if I want…”

“Whatever” – OASIS (1994, Noel Gallagher live solo-acoustic)

The “Free Stamp” sculpture
Willard Park
Downtown Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio) in 1985
Dedicated in 1991
Artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Dimensions: 28 ft 10 in by 26 ft by 49 ft

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe… love is a banquet on which we feed…”

“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group (1978)

On the roof-top patio at The Black Pig restaurant, located on W.25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken May 2, 2013

“…you need a bus-load of faith to get by…”

“Busload of Faith” – Lou Reed (1989)

The Temple-Tifereth Israel
(Home to the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center)

On University Circle at Silver Park
Cleveland, Ohio


Charles R. Greco (1873-1962)

Modern rendering of Byzantine and Romanesque motifs

The structure includes:
A chapel, a 2,000-seat sanctuary, with a gigantic, seven-sided vault; and a 525-seat auditorium with adjacent classrooms.

♦ Part of the Case-Western Reserve University campus where the school’s dance, theater and music programs are run.

♦ Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

Photo taken April 27, 2013

“You… ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog… been snoopin’ ’round my door…”

“Hound Dog” – Big Mama Thornton (live, 1965)

The backdoor at Green Vista Farm
8200 Lattasburg Road
Wooster, Ohio

Photo taken April 14, 2012

“One love, one heart… let’s get together and feel all right…”

“One Love (People Get Ready)” – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)

An exterior wall mural on a building located at East 117th Street and St. Clair Avenue, at the eastern reaches of the city of Cleveland.

Photo taken May 30, 2013

“If you want to destroy my sweater.. hold this string as I walk away… watch me unravel– I’ll soon be naked…”

“Undone – The Sweater Song” – WEEZER (1994)

Coyote Ugly Saloon
1722 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City
Tampa, Florida

Photo taken September 9, 2006

“…Here you go, way too fast… don’t slow down, you’re gonna crash…”

“Crash” – The Primitives (1988)

Inside the fenced off area once known as “Chippewah Lake Amusement Park” (1878 – 1978). I posted other photos from this exciting trip that Blondie and I made to this historic place last summer, here: Ghosts in the Machine, and here: “The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

This area, in Medina County Ohio, sits as a graveyard of demolished buildings and broken down rides from days gone by– all of it overgrown by nature. We snuck in on this visit, through a hole in the steel fencing that the owner put up to keep people out. Eventually we were found out– threatened with calls to the police, by the caretaker of the property, a woman with a vicious looking dog. All we were doing was taking pictures! A day I won’t ever forget.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.

“…My comforter.. my all in all… here in the love of Christ, I stand…”

“In Christ Alone” – Keith and Kristyn Getty (2007)

Standing high atop a parking deck on Carnegie Avenue, footsteps from Jacobs Field, where Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians play. Part of St. Maron Parish’s presence in this part of town. For me, finding this statue, while wandering around downtown during my lunch break on this day– Gazing up at it. It was.. it… re-calibrated my day. “In Christ Alone.”

Photo taken May 30, 2013

“In this dirty old part of the city… where the sun refuse to shine… people tell me there ain’t no use in trying…”

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” – Eric Burden and The Animals (1965)

An old warehouse loading station on the east bank of the industrial flats, near the downtown district of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken March 27, 2013

“I stood stone-like at midnight… suspended in my masquerade. I combed my hair ’til it was just right, and commanded the night brigade”

“Growin’ Up” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978, live from the Cleveland Agora, with the “infamous” story)

At the Gordon Square Street Festival
Detroit Avenue near W. 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 8, 2013

“…’cause I’m only a crack… in this castle of glass… hardly anything left, for you to see…”

“Castle of Glass” – Linkin Park (2013)

Parallel to Euclid and Superior Avenues in downtown Cleveland, on Public Square, the BP America Building is currently the Cleveland Headquarters of Huntington Bancshares. This photo was taken in the atrium looking up through the glass enclosure at the 45 story post-modern tower… a staple in the downtown Cleveland skyline. In 1998 British Petroleum (BP) sold the building to a private holding group and in 2011, Huntington Bank placed their name at the top of the tower and moved their headquarters to the building. The structure is the third tallest building in Cleveland behind the Terminal Tower and Key Tower, which is the tallest building between Chicago and New York City.

Photo taken June 14, 2013

“Up, down, turn around, please don’t let me hit the ground.. tonight I think I’ll walk alone.. I’ll find my soul as I go home”

“Temptation” – New Order (1987)

The Detroit-Superior Bridge, connecting Detroit Avenue on the west side of Cleveland, with Superior Avenue, on the east is one of the area’s many beautiful bridges. The structure was completed in 1918 and at the time was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world. Spanning the Cuyahoga River and the “flats” and being at the edge of downtown Cleveland, a trip across the bridge allows for many wonderful, picturesque vantage points. At 3,112 feet in length, it offers an easy walk or a quick drive from downtown to the Ohio City neighborhood, which sits at the western end of the bridge.

Photo taken March 14, 2013

“Some might say, they don’t believe in heaven… go and tell it to a man who lives in Hell…”

“Some Might Say” – OASIS (1995)

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
Built: Various sections completed between 1871 and 1901
Architecture: Gothic
Architect: Samuel Lane
4129 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 18, 2013

“…if your baby leaves you and you got a tale to tell… just take a walk down lonely street to heartbreak hotel…”

“Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley (1956)

The grand staircase of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in the Terminal Tower complex on Public Square. The 1,000-room “Hotel Cleveland” opened in 1918. Today, after a few owner and name changes along the way, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel has successfully retained it’s old elegance and charm, and offers 491 guest rooms and suites to Cleveland visitors. Another photo I took of the hotel can be found Here.

Photo taken April 12, 2012

“Seven years went under the bridge, like time was standing still…”

“If You Leave” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1986)

Standing atop the old Superior Avenue Viaduct, built between 1875 and 1878–looking southwest, toward the modern day, Detroit-Superior Bridge. The twisting, turning nature of the Cuyahoga River, in the Flats of Downtown Cleveland, made an abundance of bridges necessary throughout the relatively small area.

And another, more colorful perspective…

Photos taken March 14, 2013

“Broken hearts are hard to mend…”

“RUSH” – Big Audio Dynamite 2 (1991)

In front of the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The flower was resting there when we came upon it… apropos.

Photo taken July 2, 2012

“Reach out and touch faith…”

“Personal Jesus” – Depeche Mode (1989)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
E.40th St. and Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Built: 1876
First service: Christmas Eve
Architecture: Victorian Gothic
Designed by: Gordon W. Lloyd
Exterior: Berea Sandstone
Seating Capacity: 1,000

Photo taken March 9, 2013

Telling it like it is…

The Telling Mansion
Current Home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio

Photos taken February 10, 2013

Ohio bricks, olive oil and vinegar…

Ohio bricks, olive oil and vinegar...

Inside “The Olive Scene”
19132 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH

Photo taken June 5, 2012

“Silver bells… silver bells.. It’s Christmas time in the city…”

Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 16, 2012

“Starry, starry night… Paint your palette blue and gray…”

“Vincent” – Don McLean

Located at 182 South Main Street, in Downtown Akron, Ohio—The Akron Civic Theater is one of only five remaining “atmospheric theaters” in the United States. The theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew from a design by famous theater architect John Eberson.

The interior décor of the Civic is a lavish combination of Mediterranean and medieval elegance. A patron to the theater will be awed by a specially designed twinkling star-lit sky ceiling with periodic clouds moving across the horizon. It is absolutely beautiful, and the mood enhancing experience is complemented by authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures throughout the theater. Hidden beneath the stage of the Civic Theater is a grand, full-sized organ which rests on a special elevator, which rises and lowers during performances.

Photo taken October 6, 2012

“Whatcha gonna do about Cleveland… whatcha gonna do about Rock and Roll?”

“Stairway to Cleveland” – Jefferson Starship (1981)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
In downtown, on the shores of Lake Erie
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“…’cause I’m a Fool for the City…”

“Fool For the City” – Foghat (1975)

Like the subway systems in other larger cities, Cleveland, Ohio has an above ground public transit system that transports passengers in all directions throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The “Rapid Transit” or “Rapid” is a fun alternative to driving, particularly if you are headed into downtown. On this trip we took my 10 year old niece for an adventure into downtown Cleveland. The train shoots along the rails directly into the Terminal Tower where visitors are within footsteps of all that this metropolitan focal point offers. In this picture, taken from the train, we are cruising beside the Cuyahoga River, over the scenic “Flats,” and moments from our destination.

Photo taken April 12, 2012.

“And I followed you, Big River, when you called…”

“Big River” – Johnny Cash (1958)

The Cuyahoga River
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken October 8, 2012

“Well, show me the way… to the next whiskey bar”

“Alabama Song” – The Doors (1966)

Inside the Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, Tennessee

Photo taken June 27, 2003

“Reflection is a flower of the mind…”

“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus

At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012

“Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli…”

“The Chanukah Song” – Adam Sandler (2002, live)

The biggest, baddest, BEST corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on earth!
The Carnegie Delicatessen
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street
New York, New York, 10019

Photo taken July 7, 2005