Thursday, February 16, 2012
I typically watch portions of the Grammy Awards.
Sunday night, I watched more.
I’d heard last week that country music was going to gain quite a bit of attention during the big show.
And then I read where there would be a tribute to The Beach Boys with the actual group also taking the stage for a 50th reunion.
The group was formed in 1961, the year of my birth, in Hawthorne, Calif. They signed to Capitol Records in 1962.
The bulk of my listening these days focuses on country. But once upon a time, I had a love for pop, rock and disco. Music from the ’mid-70s, my teenage years, is still my favorite.
I remember that bright red eight-track tape player I owned about 35 years ago. I had more than one Beach Boys tape in my accompanying eight-track case, too.
“Good Vibrations,” which they sang Sunday night, is one of my favorites. But my all-time favorite is Surfin’ USA.
Then came cassettes, and I bought several of the Beach Boys’ recordings. Those were the good old days – cassette tape in the car’s cassette player, windows down, cruising through town and singing along with the Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys are often referred to as “America’s band.” The group has had 36 United States Top 40 hits, the most by an American rock band. Rolling Stone magazine listed The Beach Boys at number 12 on their 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”
I was still singing “Good Vibrations” Monday morning in the shower. It was the highlight of the Grammy Awards for me personally.
But I enjoyed other performances, too – particularly Adele’s singing of “Rolling in the Deep.” She won six Grammys, including the “Big Three” – song and record of the year and album of the year. Her vocal power is amazing – a terrific song and a terrific voice.
Much of the night focused on Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at age 48.
She was another of my favorites, and Jennifer Hudson’s tribute (“I Will Always Love You”) was strong and emotional.
Lady Antebellum is a great story, and my family loves all their songs. Pam and Emma saw them a few years back, when they were still basically an unknown, in concert at Crossroad Arena in Corinth. Today, I wished I would have accompanied them.
I told Pam, when they walked to the stage to accept their award, “Wow, you saw them in person and never thought then they’d win a Grammy.”
I, too, as an “old fogy,” enjoyed the tribute to Glen Campbell. The Band Perry, one of the up and coming young groups in country music, and the popular Blake Shelton sang Campbell songs. Then Campbell himself, who has Alzheimer’s, took the stage and had everyone singing “Rhinestone Cowboy.” I also told Pam that I think Shelton should re-release “Southern Nights.”
I will admit, too, that I miss out on some music these days as I’ve surpassed 50. I was not familiar with Bon Iver, until the Grammys.
And I’d never heard of or heard Nicki Minaj, and after turning off the TV during her performance, I hope I never get to experience that again.
It’s close to noon Monday - still singing “Good Vibrations,” but not out loud.
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