Midwest Love

I’m an Indiana guy, born and raised. I’ve lived in a few places over time, but have a fondness for the midwest, not everything, but a lot of it. I love many of the cities in the midwest for various reasons.

Let’s look at a few (not nearly all) of the interesting people that are from the Midwest:

INDIANA

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David Letterman. Ball State Alum. Former Weatherman. Comic Genius.

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Via Fort Wayne, Carole Lombard. Legend. Former love of Clark Gable.

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Fairmount’s James Dean. Giant. If you ever go to Fairmount, his gravesite, childhood home, the place where he bought his motorcycle, his church and the museum are all on one street.

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David Lee Roth. Martial Arts Fanatic. Gift of Gab. Paramedic. Worldly. Smart. Quintessential Rock Singer.

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Michael Jackson. King of Pop. All of the Jackson’s hail from Gary.

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Seymour’s John Mellencamp. Opinionated. Does whatever he damn well wants.

CHICAGO and Illinois

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Sam Cooke just may be my favorite r&b singer ever. It’s either him or Marvin Gaye. Sam was smooth. Immensely talented. Great songs. Timeless.

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Chicago.

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Rockford’s Cheap Trick. Always great.

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Smashing Pumpkins.

DETROIT and Michigan

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Madonna.

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Bob Seger. One of the guys that defines great storytelling rock & roll. Tom Petty is someone that does the same thing for me. Excellent.

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Aretha Franklin. Queen of Soul. I dig all the r&b stuff from the Motor City. All of the Motown artists are special: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey, Temps, 4 Tops etc. I love this stuff so much.

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George Clinton can bring the monstrous funk.

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Iggy Pop and The Stooges. One of the great pioneers of punk.

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Kid Rock.

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Eminem.

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Jack White. Unique. Brilliantly crafted art. I dig his solo stuff, the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather…all of it. Although, he spends a lot of time in Nashville, Detroit is where he’s from.

MINNEAPOLIS

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Prince.

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The Replacements. One of my favorite bands ever.

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Soul Asylum. Great guys. Talented.

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Morris Day and The Time.

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Husker Du.

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