Grammy, is that you?

Today the Rant D’jour is from 2007. A news item that once again I gave a little spin to. I am somewhat amazed that what I described lives on the eternal memory of the internet. I shouldn’t be, but I am.

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Blog Post for Monday 2/14/11 – 32 degrees – first morning in some time that the kitchen heater is not plugged in.

I watched some of the Grammys 2011 show last night. I certainly didn’t intend to but the long-suffering wife had it on when I went to bed.

It would be easy to be the old coot and make light of the whole deal. I could mention the state of the music industry (greed-heads that they are they have pretty much done themselves in) or just make noises about not knowing who was on the show.

I don’t know or listen to half of the performers at all. No, not quite right. I would say I wouldn’t know 90% of them on hearing them.

However I will say this. Some of what I heard was good. Real good.

Right off the bat the Aretha Franklin tribute was breathtaking.

This probably grabbed me because it was about the songs, which are timeless and in my humble opinion, far far better than most of the music produced by the greed heads in the music industry today who don’t give a fig about the music, not that they ever did.

I don’t know the work of the five ladies (Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride) that sang for Aretha, except for Martina McBride. I did ask the long-suffering wife if Jennifer Hudson was related to the Hudson brothers.

Not Related

The great thing was that when one would would solo the other ladies would take up the background parts. Hearing these clearly talented singers do the “huwa” on “Natural Woman” put me away.

Again, it was the songs, not the staging that made this memorable for me.

Aretha won’t say what’s wrong with her. She looked good in video but, no offense Queen, please have a salad.
Hey Nineteen
That’s ‘Retha Franklin
She don’t remember
The Queen of Soul.

Sorry-couldn’t resist.

Lady Gaga arrived to the show in an egg. She then “Hatched” and did “I was born this way” with a lot of dancing and hopping around.

The song was good. real good. The dancing?

Actual conversation:
Me: “I once saw a person have an epileptic seizure.”
Long-suffering wife: “Heh.”
Me: “Never saw one standing up.”

The jumping around didn’t add to the song. I am sure some greed head money crazed record company exec thought it was a good idea. He probably thought up the egg deal too.

I was getting tired and I was pretty scared that I would see Justin Bieber. Is it me or does he look like Jimmy Harnen?

Justin Bieber's doppelgänger

Speaking of greed head music industry types. Jimmy could tell you a thing or few about them.

Muse was on next. I don’t know anything about them.
“Uprising” is real music, great rock. The effects going on around them were eye-catching and I thought added to the music. The people running around were distracting. Probably some greed head music industry types, looking for the lost profits.

Picking up a pattern here?

I feel asleep. I couldn’t tell you who won what. I do know that in the long run, in the music business the only winners are the greed heads.

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A recovering radio addict wrestles with the written word.
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