Believe it or not, it’s a sunny and beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
Unfortunately, there’s a cool, and steady, 14 mph wind blowing outta the NW that makes you wanna wear a hat and pine for yesterday’s weather, which was calm and in the 70’s.
Yeah, I know…I’m spoiled and have grown soft from living down here in Florida for 22 years.
Damn pleased about it, too…
Sure hope you’re feeling good and are enjoying yourself!
Hey, did you watch this year’s Grammy Awards Show?
Music has been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember. When everything else failed, music has helped me through times of fear, doubt and emotional pain.
Even at my greatly advanced age, my knowledge of popular music is fairly current. And, both Treasa and I, thought the 2015 Grammy Awards Show was by far the best in a decade, or more.
The Grammy producers must have finally figured out that us kids on The Far Side Of 55 have some money to spend and that we like to watch celebrities flounce around in expensive, if ill-fitting, outfits.
Case in point: this year’s 2015 Grammy Awards Show’s lineup of performers.
I mean, ACDC, the greatest rock band in the universe, opened the show with a couple of we’re still rocking straight and steady, tunes!
OK, they’re older than hell.
Well, not as old as I, but they’re still pretty damn old…
And, Brian Johnson may have needed a teleprompter to remember the lyrics.
But the band’s performance gave me ‘goose bumps’ and made me almost forget all those many decades since I 1st heard, what is still my favorite ACDC song, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap come thundering outta my speakers, way back, oh so long, long, ago!
Can’t really explain the mechanics of it, but, I loved the way their performance made me feel like there was this great, and unexpected, party going on, and I was smack dab in the middle of it!
ACDC’s 2015 Grammy Awards Show Performance:
Did you notice that they had to rock on without, the apparently wigged out, long-time drummer Phil Rudd, and without founding member Malcolm Young playing rhythm guitar, because he’s reportedly in the evil clutches of full blown dementia?
But, Chris Slade, former band member, brilliantly replaced Phil Rudd on the drums and Malcolm’s nephew, Steve Young no-frills guitar playing took over for his uncle Malcolm, on the duties of rhythm guitar.
While ACDC was the highlight of the Grammy’s for me, seeing Hozier doing Take Me To Church, (one of my favorite songs right now) and then slipping Annie Lennox on stage to do her electrifying version of I Put A Spell On You, was an all-time Grammy standout performance.
Hozier and Annie Lennox 2015 Grammy Awards Show Performance:
Sorry again. I did have their performance here, but for reasons not shared with the viewing public, CBS doesn’t think we should be watching this video. I’ll keep checking and if I find another source, I’ll add it here…
BTW, who knew Hozier could play guitar like that? Pretty sweet and reminded me of Frank Zappa.
Speaking of a current musician reminding you of an older music icon, who else thinks Rihanna is today’s Cher?
Not only is Rihanna a fashion trend setter, hated her cotton candy Grammy dress for this year’s Grammy’s, btw, this lady can really bring a song home, as they used to say in some circles.
She also proved she can write a catchy tune with, my current favorite pop radio song, FourFiveSeconds which she co-wrote with Sir Paul McCartney and the ever casual, and always accommodating, Kanye West.
Had to love the three of them doing their song live at the Grammy’s, right? I know I did…
Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney FourFiveSeconds: Grammys 2015:
Other Grammy ‘nods’ to the sensibilities of us older music fans:
- Jessie J’s duet, with South Wales’s answer to Elvis, Tom Jones, doing You’ve Lost That Loving Felling. Pretty much like Jessie J’s stuff and have dug Tom Jones voice for half a century, but was underwhelmed with this performance.
- The lovely, and always sedate, Lady Gaga, and some old dude named, Tony Bennett, doing Cheek To Cheek. Killer. Period.
- Jeff Lynne, ELO’s front man, and current pop sensation, who both Treasa and I really like, Ed Sheeran, doing Mr. Blue Sky. sweet, sweet music for anyone who was ever young.
- Madonna doing Living for Love. OK, she’s not quite in our generational music archives, but she’s damn close. I switched channels on the ‘Material Girl’. Although I admire her as a marketer, never could warm up to her music. Could have something to do with how I didn’t have much luck trying to date the older sisters of her classmates at Rochester Adams High School, back in the day…
- Usher and Stevie Wonder doing Sam Cooke’s You Send Me. Sloppy good.
- Brandy Clark and another kinda old dude, Dwight Yoakam, doing Hold My Hand. Hate country music. And didn’t like this either, although it’s hard to ignore Dwight Yoakam who wrote the classic ‘crying in your beer’ drinking song, Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music. He must have something going for him to make his onetime GF, Sharon Stone, publicly call him a A F*cking Dirtbag.
Rounding out my impressions from 2015’s Grammy Awards Show:
I’m a soft fan of Sia. And, think Kristen Wiig is a talented writer and performer. Yet, thought the dance bit for Sia’s Chandelier was preppy art school pretentious, tedious, and just plain boring.
On Beck winning album of the year:
About time this musical genius got some recognition. I’ve been a big fan since his Loser days. Hey, who can argue with lyrics like: ‘I’m a loser baby, so why don’t ya kill me…’?
So, sorry Kanye, some people are still upset with Beyonce for breaking up Destiny’s Child, and those kinda things.
Uh, not me, but I understand.
Anyway, Beyonce is already way beyond being a stone cold music legend. No pun intended. And, she can afford to give another deserving musician, like Beck, a little taste at the glory altar.
Sam Smith’s big night:
Couldn’t happen to a nicer kid. Even though he looks a lot like he could be ‘Boy George’s’ love child, I like his stuff, and looking forward to having him around for a long while.
Oh yeah, if you’re into fashion…
Although Treasa doesn’t agree with me, my fashion pick of the night: Charli XCX. Just right attitude for a Grammy type of gig…
Click the following blue link to check out her outfit: Charli XCX: 2015 Grammy look
Talk to you next time. Until then, stay warm and healthy.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very welcome.