Andrew and I have been watching the Grammy Awards show together…a little father/son bonding. He’s helping me understand the genius of Radiohead and I’m helping him understand why Paul McCartney was such a seminal bassist in pop/rock music. Seems like a fair trade to me.
Of course, the categories I care about never get face time in prime time. Wouldn’t you have loved to see Dr. John sing from his Grammy award winning City That Care Forgot album? I know that they had to bring out Lil Wayne for the masses as part of their New Orleans tribute, and it was good to see Allen Toussaint, so I’ll take what I can. Thank God some people still care about New Orleans.
In the Bluegrass category, Ricky Skaggs won for the terrific Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass, while banjo player Bela Fleck won best pop instrumental album. (Isn’t this the category that would have included Walk Don’t Run and other pop instrumental classics? That’ll teach all those folks who make banjo jokes!)
In the folk category, I’m always glad to see Pete Seeger get recognition (for his album At 89) but I’m sorry Kathy Mattea didn’t win for the beautiful album Coal – a wonderful tribute to coal miners, their families, and the land where they live and work. It has three of my all-time favorite songs (not just coal mining songs): Jean Ritchie’s The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore, Darrell Scott’s You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, and Merle Travis’ Dark as a Dungeon. I remember listening to Guy Clark at a songwriting workshop in the Shenandoah Valley many years ago. The title of the workshop was “Songs I Wish I’d Written” and Guy sang Dark as a Dungeon. Great choice.
Time to go to bed. These shows go on forever.
More to come…