Monday, February 09, 2009

Best Surround Sound

Did you know Ringo Starr was nominated for a Grammy? Best Surround Sound Album. He lost. Does anyone other than Jimmy Sturr win the Best Polka Album

I don't watch the show, never even heard most of the music nominated in the popular categories. I had only a few horses in the lesser races. Alan Pasqua for Jazz Instrumental Album Solo or Group; Judith Sherman for Classical Producer of the Year; former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud for Classical Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra) for a genuinely "alternative" album. They all lost. I knew Pasqua slightly back in Roselle Park, lived around the corner, you knew of everyone in that town, talented pianist as a kid. He's had a long, distinguished career as a leader & sideman, a versatile, open-minded musician.

In my musical universe, a band that's been around for 15 years & sells platinum is not "alternative." Alternative to what? The Grammys suck. This is not a recent thing; they've always sucked.


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