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Happy Birthday, John Lennon!

- Meghan

Today, October 9 2010, would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. In honor of this special day, this article is about Teen Travel Talk’s first field trip last year into New York City to visit the John Lennon exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New York Annex. Enjoy and keep this talented musician — and what he stood for: world peace — in your thoughts today!

During our Teen Travel Talk day trip to New York City, we started off our day by wandering around Times Square. After all of the talk about Times Square getting shut down to only pedestrian traffic we got to see if for ourselves. As we turned the street corner into the heart of Times Square the first thing that caught our eye was a cluster of green lawn chairs in the middle of the street. There were a few people sitting in these chairs, enjoying this rare opportunity. We decided to try the chairs out as well.

After checking out the lawn chairs we hurried between the rain drops that were beginning to fall, towards our next destination: The Marriot Marquis Hotel in Times Square. On the eighth floor of the Marriot the TTT group decided to both have lunch in the lounge as well as enjoy the breathtaking view of the city the restaurant had to offer. Most of us ordered the delicious flatbread pizza for lunch but managed to save room for our next detour!

With only a little time to spare, we hurried to catch a cab to try out Pinkberry http://www.pinkberry.com/, a frozen yogurt shop which only has U.S. locations in New York, California and Texas.

After our frozen treat, we headed to our final stop via subway: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame- New York Annex. After picking up our tickets at the box office, we were ushered into the first room. (TTT Tip: Visit http://www.rockannex.com/ to preorder your tickets. You will be assigned a specific time to arrive at the Hall of Fame.)

The first room divides up all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees by the year they were inducted. Each person’s name and band name (if applicable) is on a silver colored brick under each year. If you listen to the music playing in the background you’ll notice that each time a different song is played the musician’s name(s) will light up on the wall. When the time comes for the group to move into the next room the songs change faster and faster and then ends with a burst of sound and the lights go out. When the lights come back on, the group enters the next room.

The next room contains several movie screens and several rows of stools. After we were all settled, the movie screens lit up and for about 20 minutes or so different clips of famous musicians were played. With each clip it felt like we were actually attending these concerts. If you watch closely, at one point they superimposed one of the bands onto an image of us so it looked like we were really the audience on screen! After watching the clips we entered a third room and were handed headphones. There were several screens along a hallway with different groups of musician displayed on them such as Women Influences in Rock and Roll, and Rap and Hip Hop Artists. Each time you approached a screen the headphones synched with that particular video so you could hear the music of each artist. The fourth section was the Rock and Roll Memorabilia. There were outfits, guitars, handwritten song lyrics and so much more from many famous musicians such as Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen (They had his first car on display!)

Last but not least was a special exhibit focused purely on John Lennon’s NYC years. There were four movie screens showing various clips of him throughout his life and several cases containing clothing he wore, pictures he drew and letters he wrote. It was a very moving tribute to such a talented musician. While the exhibit is no longer at the Hall of Fame Annex, the Tenn Travel Talk Team really enjoyed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and highly recommends it to anyone who is going to be in NYC. It may sound trite, but it’s a great way to bond with your parents. Chances are, they experienced some of the rock and roll history documented in the museum first-hand and can add their own narrative to it!
(All Photos are Compliments of Alex)

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