~ Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man spreads out and touches the lives of others ~

From The Soul of One ~ To The Hearts Of Many
Taylor Hicks "The Distance"

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Main Street Lights Up The Night

Main Street in Downtown Rochester, Michigan
A perfect spot for a very special performance!
"Main Street"
by Taylor Hicks
From his concert in Downtown Royal Oak, Michigan
April 22, 2007

The crowd was wild that night!

video capture by eljean
video presentation by The Boogie Board
(Thank You)

I always make sure to head to Downtown Rochester during the holidays to support the local businesses and enjoy the old-fashioned holiday decorations.
We were a bit disappointed last year, when my sister and I drove into town to have an early dinner and do a little shopping and the decorations were few and far between.
You can imagine our surprise to walk out of the restaurant and see
Christmas lights gone wild!
It was simply amazing, everywhere you looked beautiful vivid colors
covering every building from top to bottom!
It was breathtaking!

The official lighting of the Big, Bright Light Show will occur during the 35th annual Lagniappe event starting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 26th.
The lights will be on display every night from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. thru December 31st.
This year’s holiday season promises to be bigger and brighter than ever with the second annual Big, Bright Light Show
set to welcome winter.
More than 1 million lights — a half-million more than last year!

'Tis beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!
Music by Taylor Hicks!

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The 56th Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade
will roll down Main Street Sunday, December 2nd,
begining at 2:00 p.m.
For the fourth year in a row, it will be televised on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.
It is the largest Christmas parade in the State of Michigan attracting more than 75,000 visitors last year!

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Taylor lights up my Life!


JSNorris said...

Oh, Bloom!! You're town is just beautiful!!! What a wonderful tradition you have there. Here in Birmingham, when I was a child...two of the big department stores in downtown B'ham always decorated their windows...it was like a magical wonderland...Sadly, as the people moved to the suburbs...and the downtown area of town fell into rough times...that wonderful tradition came to an end...so very sad...I think of all the children who would never get to see this gorgeous sight each year.

I applaud your hometown for keeping up the tradition of all the magical lights at Christmas...it IS absolutely beautiful!!!

Bloom said...

Judy I can't wait to see the lights this year, with so many more lights being added the sky should be lit up for miles!
Rochester is a small town with a population of just over 11,000.
While I'm looking forward to the first lighting, I can just imagine the traffic!

KarinP said...

I must say that I am so impressed with all of the beautiful Christmas lights. It is amazing that the smaller towns are the ones who keep the Christmas traditions and it is magical shopping in places like that. I have been to Frankenmuth and it is Christmas there all year round.

Christmas is such a magical time of year and I really enjoy it. I am noticing that not as many homeowners are putting up Christmas lights as they used to.

We do have a very great display in part of our city. The traffic is unbelievable and each house in the survey tries to outdo the neighbours. What is very special about it is that they ask for donations to the Children's Hospital from everyone who visits and I think that each year the donations increase and just builds the momentum to add more lights next season.

I also enjoyed watching that Main Street Performance from the audience, Bloom. I was really surprised to hear that Bob Seger tune and so glad that I did. I really enjoyed Bob Seger's music and that song was one of my favourite ones.

Thanks for sharing your Christmas light pictures, Bloom. Yes, Taylor lights up our lives but the addition of Christmas lights just makes it more mystical.

Bloom said...

Karin what a wonderful idea of your Children's Hospital benefitting from the homeowners' holiday lights display!
I hope the traffic and donations increase ten-fold this year!

The street I grew up on as child attracted vistors far and wide too. Every single home was lit up and decorated, now sadly hardly anyone puts up lights anymore.
Though my next door neighbor, who happens to be an electrician, makes the news every year. His home is quite an impressive site.

I thought it too cool that I had a picture of Main Street Billards all lit up. It fit in perfectly with Bob Seger's 'Main Steet' as he sings about the pool halls.

Taylor's 'Main Steet' continues to be one of my favorites of his acoustical performances.
It was awesome to sit on the edge of the stage to watch him and listen!!!
I was blessed to be at several of Taylor's concerts with amazing acoustical performances this past year.
I'm still wishing a video would magically appear from his Greensburg performance of 'The Fall', tears still come to my eyes every time I remember how special it was.
And in Hagerstown I was front row for 'Happier With Him', and everyone knows how amazing that heart wrenching performance was!

Speaking of amazing, can't wait to get my hands on Taylor Hicks' Whomp At The Warfield DVD!!
There are some great videos at you tube from this concert, but watching it on a big screen TV ... will feel almost like being there!!!

BonBon said...

Hi, Bloom! Thanks for the invitation to visit your site -- I absolutely love it. As I mentioned before I came over and looked around but didn't leave a comment then. Well, decided no better time than the present. I love Christmas and since this post is about Christmas, I thought I would do as you requested and post what I had said about Taylor here. I can't remember my exact words, but I had mentioned that Taylor reminded me of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer because like Rudolph he had been laughed at and rejected by his peers until one night when they realized how specially gifted he was. I believe that will happen with Taylor, too, when his special uniqueness is discovered and embraced. I know I summed it up a little more concisely when I wrote to you, but I think the point is still there. The unbelievers will someday believe!

This may not have been the place to write this but since I am still feeling my way around here, it looked like a good spot.

Thank you for your great videos -- especially the Christmas ones. I will try to get back here more often -- thank you again -- this is a beautiful site.

Bloom said...

BonBon, welcome I'm so very happy that you came back to visit and added your Rudolph comment!
I do believe I still have your pm, I'll have to check and compare how close you came to your original thoughts.
You made a very good point and I too believe that soon Taylor will come into his own right and be accepted for what he brings to the music world.
We've been fortunate to see how bright his light shines, some just have their heads under a barrel and can't see the light!

You are welcome to post in any thread that sparks your interest, I hope you'll visit often!

Bloom said...

Bonbon I've found your original comment, hope you don't mind if I recopy it here.

"And what you said about Taylor's music weaving it's way into your heart and making your soul sing --WOW -- right on!
There are times when I hear him sing that I actually have to wipe tears out of my eyes.
He really does get into your heart and soul.
I pray that he starts getting the recognition he deserves soon so that I will be around to see him become a legend.
Your Christmas video has brought the holidays to mind and if I can be a little silly in comparing Taylor to a cartoon character, I believe he and Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer have a lot in common.
The point I am trying to convey is that the other reindeer didn't treat Rudolph right until they finally realized just how special he was.
I think Taylor will one day lead the pack."

KarinP said...

BonBon, I really enjoyed your post. I think that your comparison to Rudolph is very thought provoking and I am really glad that you mentioned it.

You definitely posted your thoughts in the "right place" and I had never thought of it this way but you are so right.

The Magic of Christmas - "BELIEVE".

Anonymous said...

Well said.....Rudolf and Taylor both bring an extra special glow to Xmas......I wonder if I should change the Rudolf in my front yards name to TAYLOR_OLF lalala

KarinP said...

Geez, it is too bad you didn't get your hands on one of those billboard posters so that you could add it to your decor on the front lawn.

Wouldn't that be something - Taylor standing next to Rudolph! Kindred spirits who exhibit determination and hope.

Bloom said...

lol ... now that would make the local news for best decorated home!!
"Merry Christmas Baby" is a must to be playing too!