Rick Springfield birthday season

August is a big birthday month for our family – first mine, then my dad’s then two of my kids and then a nephew’s. But although we have our share of celebrations this month, none comes close to Rick Springfield’s.

Throughout the month of August (and sometimes earlier and after), thousands of people sing “Happy Birthday” to him at his shows. Since 2007, his fans also raise thousands of dollars for charity in honor of his birthday each year. As of 2016, these efforts have raised more than $90,000 for multiple charities. This year’s campaign, which is initiated and run by fans, is in memory of his mother, Eileen Springthorpe, who died on Dec. 21, 2016. As of today, more than $6,000 has been raised. The “Celebrate Life Birthday Campaign” continues through Sept. 15 and this year the proceeds will go to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescued dogs.

The campaign’s nice-looking website, happybirthdayrick.com has all the details about how to donate, as well as how to purchase T-shirts designed specially for his birthday campaign. Donations of at least $5 include an entry to the prize drawings. This year’s grand prize is a guitar and a Meet & Greet.  Those who donate $68 or more (he’s turning 68 this year) will receive a 4×6 photo of RS and a custom guitar pick, while supplies last. All donors will also receive a Celebrate Life magnet, while supplies last.

Happy birthday month, RS! (And many moooooore…) ❤️🎂🎈🎉🎸🎶

This is from Rick and the NEWSflash!:

DJ Rowdy Ron, along with The Rick Springfield Birthday Charity Campaign presents the Annual Saturday Night Springfield Special featuring the music of Rick Springfield!  Join the party on August 26th – 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST.  

Special prizes will be given away to participating radio listeners and campaign donors of the The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, this year’s beneficiary of the Annual Rick Springfield Birthday Charity campaign.   For additional information about the campaign, check out http://www.happybirthdayrick.com

Join Carry On Wayward Chat for live radio group chat: https://m.facebook.com/groups/136990139723066Listen to the radio show every Saturday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. 

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Lastly, here are some of concert birthday songs from previous years. (His actual birthday is Aug. 23.)

Last year:

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Rick Springfield with the Nashville symphony

This past summer, Rick Springfield toured Europe with the Rock Meets Classic tour – an annual European tour featuring classic rock artists backed up by a symphony orchestra – and I guess he enjoyed it because now tickets are on sale for a June 29, 2018 show with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes totally unrelated parts of your life have mysterious connections that you can’t really explain and it just seems so funny although if you actually tell somebody about it, you feel a little silly? Well, this blog seems like a good place to share this, so here’s an example:

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been binge-watching the television show “Nashville” (I just started Season 4) so the news of RS playing in Nashville fits right into that particular track of my life. AND in the episode that I just started watching, rock star Markus Keen just arrived in Nashville after being signed to Rayna James’ label.

That’s it. Nothing too monumental and I’m not expecting Luke Wheeler to be a special guest at next year’s show or anything, but I just thought that was kind of funny.

(And I think it’s cool that RS is doing this. Rock, country, blues, symphony orchestra, fiction, nonfiction, movies, Broadway, TV shows, the list of his accomplishments keeps getting longer…)

Update on Aug. 12, the day after I wrote this post: Guess who was on the episode of “Nashville” I watched tonight?

Jack White, Rick Springfield’s drummer in the 1980s! Ha, life is so funny sometimes.

It looks like there might be some live videos for tonight’s show in Vegas so I’m off to see.  Thanks, Rick and the NEWSflash!

Get Rick Fit prizes

When I returned home from Los Angeles, I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me!

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The #getrickfit Facebook group had a team competition, matching up teams of two to compete against each other to see who could get the most steps in two weeks. I was lucky to get Jenni on my team and she is a super stepper and I didn’t want to let her down so I walked way more than I would have if it wasn’t for this competition. Usually in triple-digit temperatures, you try to find nearby parking spots, but I went for spots on the other end of the parking lot so I could get more steps in. And on some nights I’d run up and down the stairs before bed just to get some more steps in before midnight. Fortunately, part of this competition occurred during vacation and museum visits can can help with this, too, especially if you take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Anyway, I came home to this wonderful package sent by Tracey Stein, who started the Get Rick Fit group. (Check out the #getrickfit Facebook page here.)

Here’s what was inside:

A Get Rick Fit T-shirt, sticker and postcards

A certificate of achievement

A great RS photo

An award signed by RS (Tracey said that she brought a pack of awards to a meet & greet to let him know about the competition and ask him to sign a few. He offered to sign them all. Awww…)

And, the coolest part of all: A signed “Speak to the Sky” 45 record from Tracey’s personal RS collection. Thank you, Tracey!!

 

And thanks, RS, for inspiring so many people in so many ways!

California dreamin’

I’ve spent the last few days in Los Angeles about an hour or so away from RS. But despite what some of my post-concert blog posts may have indicated, I am not a stalker at heart and I haven’t spent any time in Malibu or Beverly Hills on the lookout for him (those tend to be the places he shows up in photos on social media when he’s not touring). But I’ll probably be keeping an eye out for him at LAX, just in case.

My kids and I are visiting relatives and as it has often happened in the nearly three years that I started this blog, RS seems to make an appearance in my mind during the ins and outs of daily life. For instance, when we were on the beach in Santa Monica, my mother-in-law pointed out the mountain in the distance to my kids and told them that behind that mountain is a place called Malibu. Of course I blurted out, “That’s where Rick Springfield lives,” then she gave me that look she gives me when I mention him. Another time she was telling the kids about low tide and high tide and  I wanted to say that RS was in a show called “High Tide,” but I kept my mouth shut that time.

I have a memory of visiting my cousins in Culver City back in the 1980s, when I tried to talk one of my cousins into driving me to Glendale because I had heard that’s where RS lived. She refused, telling me it was too far. I got really annoyed with her and threatened to walk there. (I had no idea where it was. It would have been a long walk.)

RS mentioned (in  a recent concert video posted on FB) that he’s finishing up the recording of his next CD, “The Snake King,” with plans to have it out later this year. Since he’s had a lull in his touring this week (which is why I’m assuming that he’s home nearly an hour away), that likely means that I’m about an hour (or so, it depends on traffic) away from where he’s recording the new CD. I thought that was pretty exciting. And – with my overactive imagination – I half-expected him to announce an impromptu appearance at a local blues bar where he’d be playing his new stuff. I’ve been on the lookout for it, but haven’t seen anything about it. But it would be cool though, right? Do you think if he just showed up at a blues bar jam night that he could play and be unrecognizable because nobody would be expecting him to be there playing the blues? If he  stayed away from singing “Jessie’s Girl,” maybe that would work.

OK, it’s after midnight so these are just late-night ramblings. Maybe I’ve had too much of the California sun – we had a beach day today. BUT – one other cool RS thing that happened this week – FINALLY news that he’s coming to Phoenix this year – and I got tickets!