Carlos Santana had a good night, didn't he? I can't say I remember much of the Grammys between Jennifer Lopez's outfit and Santana's performance, but there were some interesting combinations of presenters. My favorite would have to be Phil Collins, Macy Gray and Andy Williams. The tribute to Latin music was one of the highlights of the show; it was stirring to hear the voice of Ibrahim Ferrer and see him perform. And the look on Christina's face when she won best new artist was priceless, especially since Britney was already on stage, ready to accept. Although I have nothing against Limp Bizkit and Korn, I was happy to see Metallica win in the hard rock category. (No, they didn't show it. You had to pay attention to the graphics leading into the commercials.)
Does that about cover it?
I'm sure people think there are too many Grammy categories, but I love it. I get excited this time of year about tracking down some of the winners that I haven't heard of before. I have an eclectic CD collection already, but I'm always looking to explore new and different kinds of music. I must find a copy of Mambo Birdland by Tito Puente, the winner for best traditional tropical album, and Livro by Caetano Veloso, the best world music album.
One benefit of working at home is that I can program my own musical environment, and today I looked over the list of nominees and played some of the CDs I already own. Supernatural, of course, and the nominated music by Macy Gray, Jonny Lang, Etta James and Sting. They didn't all win, but they're all winners.
All music has value to someone. It's a direct, heart-to-heart form of communication between the creator and the audience. If you listen you can become tuned in to the awesome diversity of cultures and conditions and emotions the world has to offer. Every life has a story, and every work of music tells part of someone's story. You just have to be open enough to hear it.