No one faced the music
I enjoyed the Family Day holiday.
No question about it. Having a day off in February is a good thing. However the cockamamie notion that we shouldn’t have our February holiday coincide with our neighbours to the east and to the south is, well, cockamamie.
One of the benefits this year, though, was that I got to sit around the house Monday morning, swilling coffee, and watching the all the morning news shows, which really have little to do with news.
Monday morning was dominated with discussion about the Sunday night’s Grammy awards.
There was lots of talk about who followed the dress code about not showing too much skin, and who didn’t; what trended on Twitter; whether Justin Timberlake is trying to be like Michael Buble; why Justin Beiber wasn’t invited; who had the best dress and who didn’t.
There was something missing, though … any discussion about the award winners, their music, and whether they deserved to win.
There wasn’t, at least on the mainstream media, any discussion about the actual music, other than whether the performance at the show were good enough.
Forgive me if I’m naïve here, but aren’t the Grammy awards about the best the music industry has to offer (at least in the U.S.)?
I didn’t watch every program, of course, but of the ones I watched I didn’t see a single interview with an actual artist the morning after the Grammys, certainly not with any of the winners. There had to be dozens of reporters there whose only task was to rate dresses of the stars, but none there to rate the actual music.
Is Babel really better than Blunderbuss? (I actually have both and, personally, I like Jack White’s Blunderbuss ahead of Mumford and Sons’ Babel, although both are very, very good.)
Why no discussion about that after the Grammys?
What, really, is the difference between the Record of the Year and the Album of the Year?
Why was Fun named best new artist even though, as they pointed out in their acceptance speech for We are Young, they aren’t young and have been toiling away in the business for almost 15 years? I suppose new means having a top-10 hit as opposed to actually being new.
Where was the analysis of the music? There was endless discussion about which dress should be on the red carpet. Why not some discussion as to whether some of the music nominated deserved to be?
Oh well, maybe next year the Grammys will fall on a weekend other than our Family Day one and I won’t be subjected to the hard-hitting, pertinent, in-depth, investigative journalism delving into the issues of our times, such as Katy Perry’s dress.