Some of the days have been beyond frustrating as I have struggled with the technology of video editing. At the same time with each new problem solved, I have become ,more self-assured that this year-long plan will not turn out to be a colossal disaster!
Some of the days have been filled with moments that felt life-changing as the people I have interviewed have shared both their experiences and thoughts openly and earnestly. Without their generosity of spirit, the videos in this project would be meaningless.
Some of the days have been thrilling as more and more people become aware of 64 and More and advance their awareness by sharing the posts, commenting on the videos and even filming news stories for broadcast. Slowly but surely these actions are building audience, which is one of the toughest parts with projects like this. Again, part of this process that is about others.
Some of the days have been inspirational as people from close friends to complete strangers add donations to the 64 and More GoFundMe account.These monies are helping me to do more than just dream about this year-long career choice. They are valuing my storytelling talent enough to become funding partners and that’s a thrill.
Then there are days in my 64 and More World when I become aware that I am truly realizing my life goal of storytelling on a national level.That happened this week when officials at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland accorded me press credentials as a journalist and, further, recognized my project as worthy of a Hall of Fame interview.
But then there was more.
As I made my way through the international home of rock and roll music, I came across this statue of a woman named, Jane Scott. Seems Ms. Scott worked for 50 years as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She began as a society writer, eventually becoming a columnist on issues that impacted both teens and seniors.
However at the age of 45, Ms.Scott became caught up in the revolution overtaking the music world when she attended a Beatles Concert. To call the experience life-changing would be a vast understatement. Her enthusiastic storytelling of the concert led to Jane Scott’s appointment as the rock and roll reporter for the Plain Dealer.
From that point, Scott became famous for her music reviews and reports, as well as the relationships she developed
with rock stars around the world. It was a career that spanned 38 years of concerts,backstage interviews and stories no other reporter could entice from their subjects. Perhaps it because her music reviews were always positive, finding the good in every performance she attended. Perhaps it was her knack for spotting musical talent, identifying up-and-coming rockers like Bruce Springsteen, as future stars. Whatever the reasons, from Woodstock and Lollapalooza to the finest concert halls, Jane Scott savored her music reporting duties and what ultimately became her own rock and roll celebrity status until her retirement in 2002.
In a story written after Scott’s passing in 2011, Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic John Sodere,described the iconic reporter.
“Heads inevitably turned when she (Jane) showed up at concerts with her dyed-blond hair, trademark red-rimmed trifocals and a ticket stub affixed to her blouse or jacket with a safety pin. In her bulging purse, Scott always carried three pens, earplugs, a flashlight, a camera and a peanut butter sandwich, in case she got hungry. In her relentless pursuit of killer quotes, juicy personal tidbits and behind-the-scenes gossip, Scott often broke the ice with musicians by offering to read their palms or analyze their handwriting. When she was around, even the most outlandish rock stars tended to be on their best behavior.”
Jane Scott did the thing she loved most—interviewing and writing—in the world she adored—-music. She was far from the typical rock and roll reporter in both appearance and age. Yet in following her passion and being true to herself she achieved a lifetime of dreams.
Perhaps 64 and More is not such a crazy idea after all.