The 52nd Grammy Awards & What Quality Means
it’s Grammy night.
I don’t just watch the Grammy’s, I study them. I want to understand what it takes to be on this show. I want to know how hard the artists work, how many people are involved, the type and quality of music which has been nominated and presented. I want to study the artists stage performances and even what they wear. I enjoy interesting and unexpected parings and I love to be a witness to singular performances.
What it takes to become Elton John, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Pink, Dave Mathews…I’ll tell you. Lots and lots of hard work (squared), dedication, commitment, passion, a love of music, and a seriousness of purpose. There is no room for “messing” around at the professional level. And, while there is a lot at stake, that’s not the driving force. These artists have high standards and try to make each performance outshine the last. Pink’s performance was understated before turning into an incredible moment of jaw dropping surprise. It was a bit of history in front of my eyes. i’m just trying to imagine the months or years it took for Pink to obtain the fitness level it must have taken to be able to join the circus. And, then there is the poise required of Pink to pull it off. And she was stunning.
The opening act with Elton John & Lady Gaga was truly magical. That was a paring ripe for the history books. These two performers, with their dueling pianos and glittering eye glasses, looked more like Spy Versus Spy during a musical make up session, than a veteran performer and a performer on her meteoritic rise.
In comparison, the Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks paring left me scratching my head. While I am certain this was supposed to represent some sort of passing of the musical baton from one generation to another, it felt less than that. Here is Stevie Nicks, this classic, legendary performer with this 20 something fresh faced newbie….and it just didn’t work. Stevie should have been able to perform more equally and not be relegated to back up singer. It would have made more sense to me to pair Taylor Swift with Dolly Parton. I was not moved at all. This was not special. And, it’s a shame because I like both artists separately.
What is interesting to me is how excited I am to “get” the opportunity to work this hard. My record deal with Maddie Records is one of those great stepping stones. This is my jumping off point. And, there is no safety net. It’s a leap of faith. Let’s see how high I can fly.