It is so turned around these days.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Music, not politics, should be honored at Grammys

It's hard to put into words my frustration over the Dixie Chicks winning album of the year last night. As someone who has actually voted for the Grammys, I know that sometimes the pickins are slim. Which may be an indication of a greater problem. That there really isn't alot of good music being promoted in the mainstream. I actually bought this record. It is one of the few that I spent my hard earned cash on when it was released. It is a good record. I like Rick Reuben as a producer. The record sounds great. But I feel as a whole it only has a couple of good songs and thats about it. It is not a collection of great songs, like Pearl Jam's 10, the Police's Synchronicity or U2's Joshua Tree. There are a few records that I think could have replaced the Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way. Niel Diamonds record 12 Songs (also produced by Reuben), Death Cab for Cuties Plans, KT Tunstalls Eye to the Telescope were much better albums.

Last night I was starting to question my barometer for judging music. After The Dixie Chicks won the first couple of awards I started to wonder if my political views clouded my assessment of this record. I started to think "maybe I need to listen to that record again on my way into work." Maybe I need to give it a second chance. Maybe the record industry wasn't all wrong in there voting. I mean for gosh sakes I did buy the record!!!

But then one of the last things that Natalie Maines said during her acceptance speech validated all that I had been feeling previously. I don't have the exact phase but she said something to the effect of.....

"I guess with all of the stuff going on, your votes validate the mood of our country...."

Now before I get flamed with corrections, I admit that this is not the exact quote. But It is close enough to remind me how infuriated I was by her comment. So basically she was admitting that this award was not about the music. It was about being vindicated. I am all for free speech. But when the Grammys and those who vote for the Grammys choose politics over the quality of music, then my friends, it is a truly sad day for us all. I am truly disappointed with this choice by the record industry.

On a happier note. The Police freakin' ROCKED!!!


At 6:26 AM, Blogger Vonster said...

The New York Times headline reads "Grammy Sweep by Dixie Chicks Is Seen as a Vindication" so you're right - it was purely political.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger BJ Aberle said...

That is sad and unforunate.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Ok, the fact that they won a Grammy, and their music is not listened to nor is it enjoyed by the country music community, validates that the Grammys are completely detatched from the musical tastes of the people.


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