‘I’ve got the little things, she’s got … you’

I watched the Grammy Awards telecast last weekend, or as much of it as I could stand.

It sucked, for the most part.

Patsy Cline didn’t suck. Neither does Rhiannon Giddens.

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bealzebubba
bealzebubba

I only watched the Bowie tribute (meh) and the Hollywood Vampires..nice attempt with "Ace of Spades", too. I heard Bruno Mars had quite the scared look on his face. (Yes, Bruno...this is called "rock and roll" and stems from the same family tree as your brand of RnB/Funk.
 

When I was working as a recording engineer, I followed the Grammy's regularly but when I moved away from music production, it became less of a priority but I do remember when Rock/Metal had like 12 categories for awards and you'd see all sorts of rock artists performing and getting awards....now we're at 4 categories and they get the sidebar mention during a commercial break.

I'm convinced that the recording academy is either afraid of rock or prefers to not give it the the push the other genres get because it doesn't need the push.

Opinion, of course.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Also agree about the Grammys; I stopped watching years ago. Here's an artist I just had to find and get to know. i heard her rendition of an old Queen song, (a snippet was played on a commercial during the super bowl), her voice and sound intrigued me so I had to find out who she was.  I was not disappointed. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4BTm-v9Aws 

honested
honested

Agree on the Grammy's, pretty much a huge waste of effort.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Bruno2 @YouLibs 

I like Lee a lot, I've bought some of his music, but he is a little too Musak for me.


He did do one album in Brazil that I really liked. I'm more Metheny.


The first live show I ever saw was a James Brown homecoming show at Bell Auditorium in Augusta in 1964. Music has to have "soul" to really move me.

My voice is the hexatonic scale, the pentatonic plus the blue notes, but I was a huge fan of fusion jazz back in those days.



My favorite emerging fusion act was SeaLevel. I used to buy electrical supplies from Davis Causey at his family's business in Athens when he wasn't out in L.A. recording. Randall Bramblett is the best musicain/songwriter I have ever known to never be a household name. And of course Chuck Leavell has been the keyboard player, musical director, and tour manager for the Rolling Stones for a few decades now.


Jimmy Nalls, the consummate lead guitarist on this cut, eventually succumbed to Parkinson's Disease.


Randall records with EVERYBODY.


Jaimoe and Lamar went back to the ABB. Lamar would die a few years later of lung cancer; exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam may have been a factor.


I didn't know the other drummer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0qf9qtce-g

Bruno2
Bruno2

@YouLibs @Bruno2 We were digging Sea Level up in Jersey right after they came out.  I still have the "Cats On the Coast" album on vinyl.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Bruno2 @YouLibs


I saw one of their first public performances at Memorial Hall at UGA.


They sold out two shows, I got into the first one. They made the mistake of letting the second show people in before the first show people cleared out. I turned around and got right up by the stage and melted into the wall for the second show.


Chuck got up and climbed into the the grand piano and started to play it like a harp.


It was an incredible show.

Bruno2
Bruno2

betty--I got one for you, but don't want to put it up due to language.  Go to youtube and play "I Smell Smoke" by Mystikal.  ; > }

Bruno2
Bruno2

"Blueberry Yum Yum" by Ludacris is hilarious also.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@~moonbat_betty~ That's some weird sht, betty.  I wouldn't expect otherwise from you, though.  ; > }

Bruno2
Bruno2

Jay: "I watched the Grammy Awards telecast last weekend, or as much of it as I could stand.  It sucked, for the most part."

LOL.  This statement along with Jay's last apocalyptic column make me wonder if he's turning into a Con or something.

ODB says "Kanye who??"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Zu-FtzQPM

Bruno2
Bruno2

@Visual_Cortex If I ever hit the Mega Million, I'll sponsor a private concert for you with Aimee Mann.  She's definitely your girl.  ; > }


For me, can't raise Jerry from the Dead, so I would probably invite the Doobie Bros over for an afternoon, or maybe David Gilmour.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PaulinNH @Visual_Cortex

She can sing (yeah, even Coldplay works, here), she can write gorgeous melodies, and pen lyrics that stab you in the gut and twist ever so slowly with repeated listens.

And as an added bonus--and it is just a bonus, really--postpunk goddess that she is, she could just stand still and give you a quizzical look and you'll melt.

Not that I'm that much of a fanboy or anything.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Speaking of new music, every time I turn on the local R & B station, I hear this song.  Not a bad effort, though I suspect a lot of the appeal is due to the little organ "hook".  Sounds like they sampled it from the old Timmy Thomas tune "Why Can't We Live Together"

For DDR, if she pokes her head in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxpDa-c-4Mc

Bruno2
Bruno2

VC: "The Grammys? Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was ambitious, but ultimately unsatisfying, so I won't link it here."

There was a yahoo article published on the day of the Grammys listing all of the nominees.  In the comments section, one guy wrote "I guess I'm officially out of it since I don't recognize even one name on the list"  I can relate......

I do my best to watch the Grammys each year precisely for that reason, to find out who the young people are listening to these days.  The audience seemed to react strongly to Kendrick Lamar's performance.  Thankfully I missed Adele and Bieber.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Bruno2

Yeah, Adele... I was thinking "hey, that's... flat." Turns out she's a mere mortal and when she can't hear herself, she's not great.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@Visual_Cortex @Bruno2 I heard there was a problem with a microphone falling into her piano, but missed it thankfully.  IMO, she's the most overrated "new" artist in a long time.  My theory is that there's such a dearth of new talent these days, that anyone halfway decent is immediately coronated.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Bruno2 @Visual_Cortex

The mic cut out for a bit, I don't think it actually got dropped.

The in-ear monitor was just another screwup. Not her fault, of course.

Is she overhyped? well, she's obviously got a fabulous voice, and if millions of people like it, who am I to say they're wrong? just not my thing.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Visual_Cortex Category surprised me.  Best Rock Song.  I guess the song has the rock beat but not where I would expect them to be recognized.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

The Grammys? Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was ambitious, but ultimately unsatisfying, so I won't link it here.

skydog12
skydog12

Ms saint simons,


Is this a known condition, other than just plain crazy? I`ll be sitting in an important meeting and this kind of stuff will just pop up in my head, turned up to about  7. I have learned to cope with this and not just bust out shagging, but it can be unnerving. Not looking for a cure, fer sure, just askin.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8fepmmBOY