Last night, I tuned in to the Grammys to find a song for today’s Monday feature. My taste in music runs the gamut of hard rock, soft rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, pop, and more. It’s diverse, so I thought I would find something new I liked. The pickings were slim.
I like lyrics and music that touch me. What I saw and heard from many of the newer acts was more “show” than “song.” It’s difficult to feel moved by music when the singer becomes bigger than the song. I don’t need pyrotechnics for a country performance, and don’t pass off your auto-tuned voice as your own—not cool, Kanye. All the trills and vocal acrobatics don’t make for a better song when the lyrics are forgettable, and the song is soulless.
The Grammys don’t showcase the best musicians, of course, and some of those I’ve featured here have never won a Grammy.
Bob Marley – The Doors – Queen
Jimi Hendrix – Curtis Mayfield – The Strokes
The Who – Janis Joplin – Sam Cooke
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Talking Heads – Deep Purple
The Pretenders – The Kinks – Dusty Springfield
What they have won though, is a place in music history. Only time will tell if that is the case for some of the performers last night.
One new artist I do like is Englishman, Sam Smith. He can sing. His lyrics are simple, and he belts them out from the heart.
“Stay with Me” has an interesting association with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Google it if you’re interested.
Tell me if you watched the Grammys and enjoyed any new music. One last thing, SO thrilled that Beck won Album of the Year. I saw him open for the Stones years back, and liked him then. Grab his album, Morning Phase. There isn’t a bad song on it.
Have a great week, everyone, and stay warm. ♥