2018 Grammy Show

The Grammy’s were on Sunday.  There have been many opinions, both positive and negative, about the broadcast from various outlets.  This post is my 2 cents about the show

I was extremely disappointed.  I didn’t enjoy many of the performances.  I also felt that just one genre of music was showcased despite the best efforts of the producers to prove otherwise.

Was There Enough Diversity?

 

The New York Times posted an article on Twitter (http://nyti.ms/2DMn0vf) talking about the diversity of the show.  I disagreed with this statement.  I felt the “diversity” was non-existent.

I felt that the big three categories, Song, Record, and Album of the Year did not represent all types of music put out this year. These three categories were all about rap, hip-hop, and pop.  Not everyone listens to these genres.

My opinion is that for a truly “diverse” representation, all genres need to be represented.  Especially in the big three categories.  All forms of music should have at least one representation.  Music fans are a diverse group and not everyone listens to just the Billboard 100 hits.  I sure don’t.

 

 

I’m disappointed that the War on Drugs took home the Grammy for Best Rock Performance.  In my most biased opinion, I feel it should have gone to Nothing More or Metallica.

I’m okay with the Foo Fighters winning over Nothing More for Best Rock Song.  Though “Go to War” is a great fucking song and really should have won.

 

 

Mastodon won Best Heavy Metal Album. They were also nominated for Best Rock Album as well. I think Metallica should’ve been in both categories, but hey, what do I know.

There were very few performances I enjoyed.

 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9337323i)
Pink performs “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, in New York
APTOPIX 60th Annual Grammy Awards – Show, New York, USA – 28 Jan 2018

 

P!NK was her incredible self.  She amazes me every time.  Elton was wonderful.  Tiny Dancer is one of my favorite songs. Despite that Miley’s voice irritates me (seriously, it’s like sandpaper), I feel she did a good job singing with the Grand Diva himself.

We Lost Giants This Year.

 

I thought the tribute done to the fans who died in Vegas and in Manchester was very well done.  However, I felt the In Memorium portion was terrible.

 

 

Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris singing Wildflowers was beautiful.  I felt that there should’ve been a bigger tribute not just for Tom Petty, but for Chris Cornell, Chuck Berry, Malcolm Young, Glen Campbell, Fast Eddie and most of all, for Gregg Allman.

 

 

I can’t believe that the producer’s only acknowledgment of Chuck Berry’s death was a video of his famous duck walk.  He’s one of the grand-daddies of rock and roll!  How could you let his death just go by without a huge jam across all genres doing “Johnny B. Goode”?

I’m Getting Old

I’ve been wondering if I am just at an age where I just “don’t get it” when it comes to new music.  But I do “get it”.  I just don’t like what popular culture deems “good music”.  I’m not a fan of electronically created music.  Give me drums, bass and guitar and I’m a happy gal. I’m not alone in this opinion either.

I guess I’m just an old-fashioned kind of gal, who likes music created by the artist themselves, not a computer.  I like lyrics with meaning.  Drummer and I were just discussing this subject.  Give me a song with a great riff or fantastic lyrics and you’ll learn what’s in my soul.

To the Fans, Awards Mean Nothing

 

When all is said and done, the awards are all given out and the lights have gone down in The Garden, music will still be made by those that love it.  I’ll be here, waiting to hear the next new thing and listen to my old favorites.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to listen to the new Phil Campbell album that was just released for the fifth time.

Keep rocking my friends.  \m/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  It’s 2018 and I bet you have a list of resolutions you’re going to stick to them all this year.  Honest!

Well, here’s a trick I’ve learned a while back, I make a list of goals. I usually start this list in October.  Right around Halloween.  Irish New Year in some cultures. I find that if I get a head start on certain things I like to change and/or accomplish, starting early helps.

Since it’s traditional to set some goals on January 1st, I made the following small list. 

My List:

  1. Listen to more new bands.  It doesn’t have to be metal/hard rock.  Any new band that sounds
  2. Go to at least 6 shows this year. I’m halfway there as I have tickets to 3 shows so far this year. Judas Priest (once in NJ and once in Tulsa), Rocklahoma in May and Nothing More in February.  I’m really hoping to get Foo Fighters tickets as well.
  3. Submit and hopefully, publish 2 short stories this year. My writing is important to me and for the longest time, I didn’t share.  The only way to get better is to keep writing.  The only way that I can start being paid to do what I truly love, is to submit my work.  Fear holds me back, this year, I’m flipping Fear the bird.
  4. Be present more. I have a really bad habit that I want to break. I look too far ahead and think “well if I can <insert activity here> I can make <insert result here> happen.”  It’s not the best way to live and it’s messing my head up.  I need to be here, right now and focus on what’s in front of me so that eventually I can achieve the goals I want.
  5. Spend more time off-screen. Between writing this blog, writing in general, work, video games and my phone, I spend too much time with screens. I have cut my TV time down. I’ve set myself a writing schedule as well as a gaming schedule.  Really, the only thing I play consistently is The Sims. Don’t judge!  I love that game!  But I realize that I need less time on screen and more time living in the world around me and connecting with other people. 

There’s nothing profound on this list. It’s a small list.  Smaller lists, I believe are more achievable.

I also have the usual goals, to lose weight, read more (See my post here: Let’s Get Reading), and write more.  My health is something on I work on and to be honest, struggle with on a daily basis.  It’s not just physical health either, I have issues with anxiety and I’m actively working on keeping my anxiety from overshadowing everything in my life.  There are just some days (and sadly weeks) that I just don’t do any of the healthy things I should.  I am human. I spiral into a bad place.  I’m lucky because I have someone in my life that will not let me fall all the way down the pit, he reaches and grabs hold of my hand and refuses to let go.  People, if you can find someone like that. That one person doesn’t have to be a romantic partner either, that one person you who will catch you, consider yourself lucky.    

Okay, enough dwelling on the sad.  It’s 2018.  We survived 2017 and that’s a good thing.  A lot of fucked up things happened this past year. I still think we’re in for a hell-ride as we push forward.  We can get through this chaos as a society as long as we remember the wisdom from Bill and Ted:  “Be excellent to each other.”  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone was able to spend time with those that they care about yesterday.  Today my dining room has been taken over by the other half’s gaming friends.  They bought a new board game and are now nearing the end of a marathon gaming session that started about 10:30 this morning.  (It’s currently 7:45 p.m.)  I haven’t participated (there are reasons!).  I’ve spent most of this day starting and stopping several posts, napping and watching Fawlty Towers on Netflix.  I feel like I should get out in the world and do something fun, so I think I’m going to head out and go see my friend’s band perform a little later.

Whatever it is you choose to do with your weekend, I hope it’s filled with your favorite activities and people. 

 

Gobble Gobble!

WELCOME (Again!)

A few months back I started this blog.  I have to admit, I had no direction.  I thought I knew what I wanted from this blog and what direction I wanted to head in.  I was wrong.  That happens.

This blog is a place for me to share my love of music and all that goes with the music scene.  There are plenty of blogs out there that discuss the current trends, singers, and bands.  I do not claim to have my finger on the pulse of what is new and young.  I’m old music fan.  Both in age and musical tastes.  The new bands I like, are not necessarily the most popular bands out there and that’s ok.  I really try not to get caught up in the next big thing.  I’m not a huge sugar-coated pop fan.  You will not find me writing about how much I love T-Swift or the next release by whatever new hip-hop band is out there. While these are valid genres of music, they aren’t what I listen to and live my life by.  I have opinions, but well, we all know what they say about opinions.  Everybody’s got one.

Here, I’ll write about a cool venue, a new band I just heard/saw and blew me away.  Maybe a recent show I was at.  I work live music shows and any of the latest gadgets and gear that I come across I’ll talk about as well.  Touring life, following a band, or just generally how cool it is to be a music fan.

Now having said all that, I am a freelance writer for hire.  If anything on this blog catches your interest, please feel free to email me at tspeechley@theinkdscrivener.com

Thanks for coming by my little corner of the internet.  I hope you find that we have things in common.

Rock on my friends!