Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Newsday: Grammy on Grammy 2015


One year ago, this blog commented on the music industry's night to shine with the first observational Grammy on Grammy post. In my defense, I was Pharrell obsessed, so I had to do it. 

But I didn't learn my lesson there, and I revisited the topic a few days later with the follow up Grammy on Grammy Grammar: Macklemore. It was tag poppin' fun (and I still wash your Granddad's clothes, by the way). 

Let's review a little of this year's event, shall we?

  • Maybe it's just me, but this year's show seemed to have a little less zip than previous shows. In fact, several of the onstage acts had me thinking, "Good time for a bathroom break..." 
  • Pharrell, oh my love, what is up with the short pants? I'm glad Happy won an award, but stumped by the fact that you were so genuinely flummoxed. You knew you were nominated, right? Don't they send you a postcard or something? Secondly, did you notice how much airplay that song received? Ponder those things and allow me to ask again: why the surprise? (By the way, Pharrell, your performance of Happy was the best of the night, in my humble opinion.)

  • Tom Jones didn't look too bad for _____(insert your guess of his age). I love Jessie J, but that dress made me think you could use it for netting salmon if the whole pop scene plays out.


  • Nothing could make Annie Lennox's performance more musical than imaginary harmonica. Someone should gently address invisible instrumentation during rehearsal. 
  • Sir Paul McCartney: I defended importance by way of your impact on rock and roll...extolled your virtues and tenure...gently brought up that little group you used to play around with - called The Beatles. Could you have acted more like a backup session musician? YOU ARE PAUL McCARTNEY. It says so on your driver's license. Wear the mop-top cushioned crown. Kanye's ego can bear it. His head barely fits in the venue as it is.
  • Not a fan of the Madonna performance, but it made sense to pair her with a lot of bull, especially since she wore the matador outfit. Hey, I used to be a fan...
  • Sam Smith was a big winner and I couldn't agree more. His duet with Mary J. Blige was surprisingly pleasant. I'm a bit of a purest when it comes to the big hits; I usually want to hear a version much like the hit recording. I'm boring that way. 
  • Well, Sam, I'm not done with you yet....you should have thanked Tom Petty. If you don't know the scuttlebutt behind the song Stay With Me, in a nutshell, it was basically a clone of I Won't Back Down. In fact, Tom Petty was awarded royalties for the song. It would have been the gentlemanly thing to thank him, too. 
  • Jamie Foxx doing an impression of a blind Ray Charles while standing next to Stevie Wonder...anyone else think that was brazenly awkward?
  • President Obama: Chris Brown might not have heard your message. I'd ask him myself, but I'm afraid to rile him up.
  • Beyonce's Take My Hand, Precious Lord was beautiful.
  • Common and John Legend shared the stage for the song Glory from the movie Selma. Loved it. I've become a huge John Legend fan, anyhow, over the last year.
  • Kanye, Kanye, Kanye...you had to rush the stage as Beck received his award for Album of the Year? Kanye, Beck had two turntables and a microphone when you were in high school. Here's a thought: can you let another artist have his or her "moment." To your credit, you didn't totally grab the microphone and hijack it. But, come on. I'm begging Kanye to have a great album next year to allow me to coerce another musician to rush the stage during his award winning moment. I wonder how he would handle an unwelcome guest telling the audience that he didn't deserve his award - it should have gone to someone else.
So, there you have my "shoot from the hip" first impressions of 2015 Grammys. Did you get a chance to see the show? Chime in below.

Basically, I don't have any of the talent these musicians possess and they all should be congratulated!  


26 comments:

  1. Well, I couldn't say it better. What was with Paul McCartney? Too modest? Come on, they're all big boys now! And I second your closing wish...

    Diana (who will be posting about my Very Inspiring Blogger Award - thank you!)

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    1. I know, right? PAUL McCARTNEY, people...ha ha ha. Thanks, Diana!

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  2. Great post, and Tom Jones does look great!

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    1. The man can still belt it out...and he has hair. It's hard to be humble, I guess...

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  3. Great post, and Tom Jones does look great!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who posts duplicates...I'm not even sure how it happens, but I do it sometimes.

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  4. I giggle-snorted my way through this. I don't watch TV or award shows, but this almost made with wish I did.

    But only if Kanye is gagged.

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    1. Ah, the giggle-snort is like a standing ovation.

      I never thought about a gag...you may be on to something...

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    1. Like I don't do at least one typo daily...like where I left out a space (it's there now). Just for the record, Hubzam will come along and send me a daily proofing. I write too late for him to pre-proof. I can always go back after everyone has already seen my typing shame...

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  6. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Ray Charles never looked better. (BA-DUM-BUMP)

    I'm going to pull a Janie Junebug and admit/confess that I never heard of most of these people. Who's Paul McCartney? Was he originally with the Backstreet Boys?

    I stopped watching awards shows of all kinds years ago because, more often than not, it is very disappointing to see the musicians and actors that I loved make complete fools of themselves on live broadcasts. If you wanna see real stars who conducted themselves on stage with class, dignity and humility, watch an awards show of the 1950s or earlier.

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend Cherdo!

    (If those dang neighborhood kids run on my lawn again I'll turn the hose on 'em!)

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    1. It's my old friend, Mr. Wilson...

      I'm shocked that you don't watch music awards shows but your explanation makes sense. But consider this: if they didn't act a fool, what would I have to write about? It's a conflict of genres...flipsters are allowed to waste their time in this manner.

      When I had more disposable income and couldn't be talked into the sensibility of saving for retirement ("That's a long time off! I'll have plenty by then! I'll probably be rich!), I went to a slew of concerts. Just about everyone that came along, in fact. My collection of concert books proves it, ha ha.

      I've said if before: since the dawn of the MTV age, I have been addicted to live performance. I'll even water that down and admit that a video will quench my thirst for visual musicianship. I never pass up an award show, much to Hubzam's horror. He hates them. I pulled the birthday card, ha ha.

      Both Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are outta sight (say that in your best hippie voice).

      Ciao, brother-from-another-mother! Have a great day!

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    2. Now, come on. I know who Paul is. I even know Beck. I have seen both in concert. Not at the same time.

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  7. Cherdo, thank you for the recap...I had the same impression of Paul with Kanye...Really? Take a back seat to that guy? Kanye should be behind Paul. I'm not really up on Sam Smith, but will have to get some of his music and listen to why it's such a hit. Madonna? I have to say I'm envious that she can pull of that kind of costuming at her age...she's in fabuloius shape!

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    1. Two of the current singers I love are Sam Smith and John Legend. Go to YouTube and watch Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" and John Legend's "All of Me" for a glimpse.

      I can't be nailed down musically; I love everything from The Beatles to The Cure to Bowie to Rhianna. In fact, I like most of the boy bands that have tight harmonies. But a crooner with a great voice will always rise to the top. And if he sounds the same on every song, he'll fall like a rock (ha ha).

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  8. I've lost interest in awards shows, although my husband will sometimes tune in. He was out of town on a ski trip Sunday, so I missed it altogether. I saw it was going on...but I just feel old when I watch shows like that and realize I have no idea who half of them are. With the other half, I usually didn't realize they're still releasing new music!!! Is Lady Gaga doing anything but singing with Tony Bennett anymore? Didn't she have a new album out? Did anyone care?

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    1. It's pretty amazing to me, a real music lover, that so many of these people go completely under the radar for me. Once upon a time, I knew every stinkin' person on the stage, from front man (or woman) to backup singers.

      The real clincher is that the really popular ones, like Lady Gaga, have me stumped. Why? She doesn't do a thing for me.

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  9. I did not watch the Grammys and never really did. I get lost on what is Best album and best record(aren't they the same?) I have seen some of the "outfits". I didn't realize how great the Transexuals looked like Madonna and Lady GaGa...oh wait...never mind. Tom Jones is a cool 72 or 73 isn't he? Tony Bennett-must be around 140..Just kidding but he has worked with everyone from the great Judy garland to now Lady Ga-Ga (or as my mom used to call her Lady Ca-Ca). The song Sam Smith won for is just like the Tom Petty song. It reminds me of the old song "Be A Clown " and "Make 'em Laugh". I am glad some of the moments were good but someone really needs to slap Kanye. I did not hear about Jamie Fox pretending to be Ray Charles and that is awkward plus he needs to move on as he won his Oscar a few years ago playing the great Ray

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    1. Jamie Foxx's Ray was truly great, but there's a time and a place (as our moms used to say). That was not the time or the place.

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  10. They all sure have talent indeed. At least most in the singing department when they aren't lip syncing to stuff. The living life part, not sure some have much talent there lol but to each their own i guess

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    1. Well, I figure that good or bad, we'll never know the real person anyhow.

      ;-) Thanks, Pat!

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  11. He's 74. Once upon a time he had quite a fling with Mary Wilson of The Supremes. I didn't know the Grammy awards were on, was it Sunday night? Wouldn't have mattered if it had been Monday. WDW and I were quite wrapped up in the two-part premiere of Better Call Saul, which we liked. I am fond of Beck to the max. Favorite Young Man introduced us when he was in high school. A few years later I went to a Beck concert for my birthday. The guy is kind of a midget, but he has enough talent for fifty NBA players. The Hurricane also saw Beck. She used it as an excuse for know what pot smelled liked when she went to college. Beck has an amazing range, and he plays all the instruments on his albums. Faulkner was a Beck fan.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'm so jealous. I heard that they were doing "Better Call Saul" and I was actually thinking about turning on the old cable again. Saul was one of my favorite Breaking Bad characters.

      Beck has always been a favorite of mine, too. Hooked since Odelay. I've never seen him in concert, but I always had the impression that he was a bit of a small dude.

      Faulkner always had good taste.

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    2. He's itsy bitsy, and he can really dance. Yes, Faulkner's taste was superb. His favorite part of Odelay was when the donkey brayed. He would go up to the speaker and wait for it. We like Better Call Saul.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo