Happy birthday to my favorite rock star! I hope he can feel all the love being expressed in Cyberspace today by those who are so grateful for all he’s accomplished in his 70 years.
Here’s my little message through Cyberspace for him:
Thank you, Rick Springfield, for providing so much inspiration to so many people, in addition to all the great music you’ve put into the world. By sharing so much of yourself, you’ve brought healing to so many people. Simply put, the world would be a VERY different place without all your contributions throughout your seven decades here on Earth and my life would have been very different as well. Both my teenage self and my 50-year-old self wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
In celebration of his birthday, his fans are raising money for the dogs from the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation (to honor his love for dogs) and this year’s campaign has raised over $14,000 so far. (The campaign runs through Sept. 27 and donations can qualify you for different prizes, such as original drawings by RS and a chance to have dinner with him.) Visit happybirthdayrick.com to learn more.
This weekend DJ Rowdy Ron will present his Saturday Night Springfield Special to celebrate the big birthday – an all-night show featuring Rick Springfield songs through the decades, including lots of limited-edition versions. This Saturday night, Aug. 24, beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. EST. Check out the Rowdy Ron Radio group on Facebook
for details and for a live chat during the show.
Since RS isn’t performing in concert tonight, here are some “Happy Birthday” videos from recent shows:
What do you mean, you may ask. Isn’t every day Rick Springfield Day?
True, but on Aug. 13, 1982, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley officially proclaimed the day as Rick Springfield Day. Since the former mayor has a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport named after him, you know he had some clout.
So if you need an excuse to play Rick Springfield music all day long, today can be the day.
Here’s a news report on the proclamation, courtesy of rsandus:
On a related note, one of the photos I wrote about finding in a past post, Random photos in an envelope, captured the moment in the photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Rainbow Photography that is on the top of this post.
Five years ago today, I posted the first post on this blog. I had just “rediscovered” Rick Springfield after more than a decade of not following his career and after catching up on some of his music and reading his autobiography, I was so excited about all that I learned. However, nobody around me seemed that interested and I felt like I was becoming annoying with all my RS excitement.
So instead I decided to start a blog to have a place to express all my thoughts about it and maybe someone else might be interested. And even if nobody actually read it, at least I could get everything out of my head, much like I did in my journals when I was younger.
I never thought I’d still be writing the blog five years later, but RS has been amazingly busy over the past few years and provided so much content to write about.
For instance, when I wrote that first post, none of this existed yet: