Thursday, February 14, 2013

You Asked! Here's My Thoughts, Albeit Brief, About The Grammy's

I've gotten an enormous amount of email, asking my thoughts of this years Grammy's, and why I hadn't posted anything about the award show. First, I have had some computer problems, it's good to know people actually read the blog though, also that they have an interest in what I think. That could be dangerously scary when you think of it though. Just teasin'! be honest, I can't say that I was thrilled with the Grammy's. It had some ok moments and lots of "not so ok moments". I thought it was wonderful that Patti Page was recognized, through a performance of "The Tennessee Waltz", by Kelly Clarkson. While I'm not a big Clarkson fan and think there could have been a blue dozen better choices for the tribute, it was nice to see an homage to Patti, a lovely woman, and entertainer.

Probably the best part of the night for me was the jam session with Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, Zac Brown, T-Bone Burnette, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes singing "Take A Load Off Annie" in tribute to the late Levon Helm. Howard was amazing, I'll be sure to check out more music from her. Mavis, I love, and Zac Brown is probably the only actual authentic sounding country singer of the day, in country music. Well done Grammy's. I'd like more of that and less of the boom hippity boom.

By the way, I know Frank Ocean, is supposed to be this incredible artist, though I'm not really familiar with his work as of yet. His voice is pleasing, that's well and good, but his song which seemed to be about, Forrest Gump, is probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. For goodness sake, you're on the Grammy's, why not try to blow the people away with some amazing lyrics that highlight some vocal ability. To me, that performance was liken to a great singer, singing the theme to "Sesame Street", and Sesame's melody is better, so maybe Ocean can sing that next year???


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