i like music. hmmm i really cant think of anything to follow that – somehow talking about the grammys seems to void my first statement because the grammys usually arent synonymous with music in my book – this year was a little different though – esperanza something or other won best new artist – never heard of her (i wasnt too obvious was i?) – SPALDING!! thats it! spalding – like ted knights grandson in caddyshack – anyway she won best new artist – up until that point i was gonna rip on the grammys for being a big douchefest but then they had to go and be all indie cool and shit – im not really a hip indie rocker hipster guy but its refreshing to hear names i dont hear all the time – again I LIKE MUSIC…..MUSIC – not dancing and theatrics but music – im sure ol justin bieber is good and all but he aint GREAT! so what if he can dance and will smiths son got up there and busted some rhymes – i dont give a shit because i like music – dre and eminem? dont care unless the chronics on beeyatch!! i like music – seriously i like music – the grammys, in my opinion, are a celebration for the top 1% of the music biz – just another way to justify to the public why they shelled out good money for terrible shit – now i will say there have been exceptions – there are some who deserved the honor but for the most part i dont need an awards show to tell me what good music is, ive got ears – ive also got another problem, im a music snob snob – thats right, music snob snob – if your a music snob because youre the coolest of the cool, know all the names and latest bullshit bands indie or not, i hate you – heres why, because i dont care if you like a band or not – dont lecture me about the drive by truckers – i saw them play to nobody for almost a year – AND no i dont consider myself anymore in “the know” than anyone else about them – if i ran the grammys though, southern rock opera would have won something – i would love to see an awards show that actually turned people ON to music instead of it just perpetuating an ego – ill go listen to esperanza spalding now just because i havent heard some indie hipster, douchelord or annoying girl talk about how fucking great she is – most of the time all this hype is bullshit anyway – all the talk i hear isnt sound – its just something thats been passed along as credible – how i dont know but i get tired of it -
it is 2011 and there are more kids with rock and roll dreams than ever before – all these weird ass bands on “we have signal” surely belong somewhere and have every right to do whatever it is they do but come on!! dont try and “one up” me by defending them as being “refreshing and different” – im just using “we have signal” as an example so before anybody gets their panties in their crack about it just know that i think certain venues in town are fucking stellar and is what birmingham needs – i also think its cool as all get out that there is a public tv show that features talent from certain venues – i do wish that it was more about local music as opposed to some out of town noise i give two shits about – i will say that just because i dont care about it doesnt mean it shouldnt exist, which brings me to….. arcade fire – they won! – honestly i couldnt tell you one of their songs if my life depended on it – 5 years from now ill be raving about them – i was the same way about radiohead and ryan adams – mainly because some dickshit kept going on and on about how awesome they were when a month before they were listening to jessica simpson -
i consider music to be timeless and like a fishbowl of candy – everybody has a favorite but you dont always pull out the same piece as someone else – so while youre chewing on laffy taffy – i may be enjoying a snickers mini – i dont give a shit about YOUR laffy taffy because i enjoying a snickers mini, well maybe twix mini – im not any less cool because i get on a laffy taffy kick a few months later – what it boils down to is that there is no music authority – letting your mind be the judge instead of your ears is musical sin – two words, guilty pleasure – one of my latest guilty pleasures was miley cyrus’ ‘party in the usa’ – does this mean i think miley is a musical genius or that im going out to buy all her stuff?? hell no!! people ask me all the time, “why is shit like that so popular?” – well, ill tell you its because people just like it – they dont think about it – heres another music cliche, its got a good beat and i can dance to it – its catchy!! pop music even though its considered lowest common denominator still has value – just because its not as intellectual as other music doesnt necessarily devalue it which brings me back to the grand theme of this blog, the grammys – the grammys celebrate popular music – they glorify all that is wrong with music while still covering their ass by throwing in a surprise or two – just call it for what “it” is and move on…i love music but i hate your favorite band.