Two thousand eighteen has been SO good to Cars fans! Can you believe these delights?

The band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ♥ The Cars playing together again live ♥ new interviews and memories shared by all four of the guys ♥ the release of two more expanded editions with their yummy bonus material ♥ vintage audio unearthed from The Grasshoppers, Mixed Emotions, Richard and The Rabbits and Cap’n Swing ♥ the publication of Joe Milliken’s biography of Benjamin Orr ♥ a whole crop of unique photos surfacing from fans and rock photographers…

WOW! It just seems like the whole year has been a big pile of gifts for us to unwrap, one at a time!


And then for me, on a personal level, there is this whole other layer… a thick flannel blanket of memories I keep wrapping around myself:

Being invited to partner with Joe on the publication of his book ♥ driving into Cleveland for the first time ♥ bawling my eyes out after the induction ceremony ♥ David Robinson’s warm hands holding mine ♥ getting to hug SO many Fanorama friends (without using emojis!) ♥  having Greg Hawkes call my house in preparation for our podcast ♥ the shock of seeing my writing on big-screen display at the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater ♥ connecting with all of the wonderful people I’ve met this year ♥ finally getting to view Turbocharge ♥ being published in Rock Cellar Magazine

You guys, I feel like the list might never end. I’m so unbelievably grateful!


After all that … is there anything left? Can anything possibly compare to 2018: The Year of The Cars?

To be honest, in some ways I do think these past twelve months were the pinnacle. I believe the curtain has closed with a gentle swoosh on our boys. I mean, I have to face the fact that there will likely be no new material from The Cars, and probably not from Ric as a solo artist, either. And no more live performances as a group. Though I am disappointed, I am not shaking my fist at the sky… I mean, these guys had a great run. A GREAT run! How can I begrudge them riding off into the sunset after all they’ve done?

However, they still leave their legacy for us and the generations to come, and I do believe there is still more to be revealed.

So what hope do we have for excitement in 2019?

Some sure things:

  1. We know we will still have the joy of hearing Elliot play. His current band, The Empty Hearts, is working on a second album, and I am optimistic that it will be released in the coming months. Always a busy man, Elliot seems to show up on a variety of stages, playing charity shows and jamming with friends. He also mentioned that he will be starting up a Youtube channel  in the coming months. How cool is that?
  2. Greg, too, continues to delight us with his musical talents. He has been having a blast touring with Todd Rundgren during the last year, and will continue to play with him through the months of 2019 as Todd embarks on an author event/concert series to promote his new book, The Individualist – Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations. I believe that Greg will record another episode of Night Thoughts, too. Can’t wait!

Fingers crossed for:

  1. Expanded editions of Door to Door  and  Move Like This. The odds are not in my favor on that, I know. The general feeling is that the band has exhausted its store of extras, but I can’t help but hope that when Ric takes a break from his art he’ll go through that vault one more time and turn up some goodies for us.
  2. And when he does sort through his stuff…  perhaps he’ll also turn up some old videos of live performances and interviews, audio recordings of the same, or a photo album he wants to share, or even just memorabilia he’d be willing to display on social media. I always want more of that kind of stuff! Or course, it’s not only on Ric. We are discovering all sorts of things floating around that fans and people ‘in the biz’ are digging up, and I am optimistic that we’ll be treated to more of that along the way.
  3. Joe has been kicking around the idea of doing a companion book to share more of the pictures Ben’s friends and family so generously gave him — and he’s had lots of encouragement!  It’s probably not feasible for that to be a done deal in the next twelve months with Let’s Go! still on its honeymoon, but I would love to at least hear that it’s an ‘official’ project.
  4. On that subject… With Let’s Go!  on bookshelves now, I can’t help but wonder if any of the other guys will be inspired to have their stories penned and published? That would be amazing. And if I may say so… I do have some experience in that field now, you know… so uh… call me? Hahaha! Wouldn’t I just DIE?

On my own agenda?

  1. “It’s my party, have some fun!” Okay, so it’s not technically MY party, but I am so excited for the upcoming book events for Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars! Being involved in the organization and promotion means I have the perfect excuse to attend them. I’ll be leaving for Cleveland in less than two weeks (hooray!), and I’m looking forward to Boston a little later on. Woot woot!
  2. Sunshine and Rainbows galore! NiGHT THOUGHTS: The Cars Podcast is still going strong (45 episodes in the can!) and Dave and I are eagerly looking forward to what 2019 holds for us. We have some exciting special guests coming up, a whole pile of topics, and more goofy shenanigans, guaranteed. Who knows how long we will continue this little hobby, but we’re having a blast!
  3. Typing Frog GIF - Muppet KermitTheFrog Type GIFsWriting, writing, and more writing!  With my book responsibilities winding down I anticipate being able to turn my focus back to my own little scribblings. This blog is definitely in need of attention! Haha!  I have many drafts in various stages of completion (including a Standing Room Only article that I promised Joe back in March – yikes!) and a whole list of research ideas collecting dust. Outside of that, I have been offered some more freelance work from a publisher who hired me for a piece earlier this year, and I am eager to take him up on it.

All in all, I am convinced that the next 365 days will be filled with fun and frolic in the Cars world, and I can hardly wait to share it all with you! What about you? What kinds of happy things are YOU anticipating in 2019? Comment below or find me on Facebook!

20 thoughts on “2019… What more could there be?

  1. I wish you favor & blessings from our Lord Jesus,& may he richly reward you for your efforts,& works to bring The Cars fans thrills,chills,& wonderful stories.Ive enjoyed all of it.May your dreams come true!Love,peace,& Happy New Years 2019!!!

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  2. Hoping you achieve all you’d like to do – and more in 2019! Thank you for your upbeat, positive attitude about everything that needs weighing in on amongst us out here in fan-land. And a heartfelt Thank YOU for following your passion with Benjamin Orr, sharing with us his life as a human being away from the stage and as a musician par excellence with all the bands he played with throughout his life.
    You’re enthusiasm for him as a person will hopefully open many, many doors for years to come for the intelligent and humane manner in which you address (addressed) his details from the abundance of sources who’d long preferred silence over sensationalistic attention to his life in the spotlight.
    I hope all the hopes and dreams you long for become realities in this coming year, thank you! 👍😊

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  3. Donna ,
    You have had an incredible year . I am happy and very proud for you.
    From the RRHOF to Mr.Hawkes on the show or just sharing a warm moment with David , I bet you just must have to ponder if this is a dream. If it is its well deserved.
    I treasure your presence and valuble words of encouragement and support you have given me and feel
    continuously wrapped in bright with sunshine filled rainbows whenever I just hear or your work.
    Thank you and Happy New Year
    Brett Basil


    (No emojis : resolution #4)

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    1. Thank you so much, B.B. You know your kind words — and your continuing support and friendship — mean so much to me! Who knows? Maybe you and I will get to meet in 2019? Wishing you ALL the best in health, happiness, and creativity in the coming year!

      P.S. You can use all the emojis you want, my friend! ❤

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  4. Hi Donna! Great article! So many things in 2018 for us Cars fans to be thankful for. I have been a fan since what seems like the beginning of time and yet there was so much this past year that I didn’t want it to stop! From seeing the RRHOF induction to getting a copy of Let’s Go (even got my own signed personal greeting from Joe Milliken…Yay!) Thankful for all of the Night Thoughts podcasts too! They are so lighthearted and fun. Good luck in Cleveland, I’m sure it will be great. Keep up the good work and I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do in 2019!

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  5. Wooo! I’m exhausted just reading this! You know I have so much emotion around all this I almost can’t put a coherent thought together that would do all of this justice. I knew you back when my friend… and look at all you’ve accomplished. Look at all your dreams come true! Wow! And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more awesome deserving person! Looking forward to what 2019 brings!!! 😘😘

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  6. I love what you wrote dear Donna ❤ And I also hope for what you are hoping for, so hoping for some more material, in the shape of videos, perhaps interviews, extra footage, more photos and so on shared from Ric in the future. Fingers and toes crossed.


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  7. I would absolutely love to see Joe do a companion book with photos or the like. I would be among the first to snatch up a copy. What a great idea!!

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