Grammy Nights from the Pastby Tyler Woods on Feb. 14, 2011, under Life
I was sitting watching the Grammy Awards last night and part of me was snickering at the spectacle that music has become. I mean Lady Gaga in an egg? I laughed rather hard at this Madonna knock off. I was glad that I was able to witness the real thing happening in my time and not some imitator. I loved that Madonna pushed buttons throughout the music industry; in fact she pushed them so much that people now imitate her and it got me thinking…
I would like to think that music has come a long way, and in some ways, I suppose it has. Yet I miss some of the artist of yester year. Like in 1970 when Simon & Garfunkel got album of the year with Bridge Over Troubled Water and the Carpenters got new artist of the year. It was a year for harmonies and songwriting. It was a year to be mellow. Maybe it was the drugs we were all taking, or maybe it was the mood with the Viet Nam war raging on, but songs had meaning, and you could hear the words, and the harmonies made the hairs on your arms stand up.
The trend continued in 1971 Carole King got the award for Tapestry and Carly Simon was the best new Artist. When I thought back to that year, I became very thankful last night that the academy still is able to see music as the art it is and not some teenage heart throb and so I cheered when Justin Bieber name was not called out.
I think there were several big moments in the Grammy’s in my time. For me one was in 1972 The Concert For Bangladesh which featured artist like George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann. Really the win of this Grammy was musical history, this was talent. Of course I am a real Clapton fan and was even more thrilled when he finally received a Grammy in 1992 for his Unplugged album.
1981 I stood from the couch with several friends and we cheered when John Lennon get album of the year with his comeback Double Fantasy. I loved this album. I still do. I listen to it with such fondness in my heart, yet a tad of sadness, still miss this chap.
Again I was thrilled with Grammy Awards when Paul Simon got album of the year in 1986 Graceland. This to me was what a true artist was; singer and songwriter. Who cares if he comes on stage with just a guitar! It beats coming on stage in an egg!
Another Grammy moment was when Bonnie Raitt won not one, not two, not three but four awards for her Album Nick of Time. She was a hard working musician that again, could care less about sex appeal and was in music for one thing, music. She knew how to play it, write it and perform it.
I think sometimes that is what I miss about music, the passion. It seems to be more about looks, styles, fashion, hair and gimmicks, to me music is much more pure than that, it is about the songwriting, the simplicity, and the sounds. Quite frankly I can care less about a teen age heart throb who doesn’t hold a tune too well, or a woman who comes on stage in an egg, what matters is when I close my eyes does the music move my soul to the core?