|20 minutes for vocal warmups and 3 hours to get dressed....|
|I think Rhianna was a little "flat" in this part|
But I kept getting distracted by the big screen television over the bar that was right in my line of sight. They had the Grammy Awards on. The sound was off, of course, but it didn't seem to matter. The visual spectacle was so overwhelming, and so contrasting to the "scene" at Clyde's. It seemed like it was being broadcast from another planet, or maybe the 5th circle of Hell, judging from all the explosions and bursts of flame. Every performance seemed to have 50 background dancers running around in Halloween costumes, doing back flips off of elaborate stage monuments. And it seemed as though a "crowd" was at the front of the stage going wild for each performing artist. It seemed really fake; the celebrities who get invited to the Grammy Awards are NOT going to be up at the front of the stage jumping up and down like teenagers! I tried to look away from this ridiculous show, but the disparity between Clyde's and the Grammys was fascinating to me.
|John Lennon-what would HE think about the Grammys?|
|Looks like a reject from Star Wars|
As we played our be bop and our tin pan alley tunes, I thought that maybe we were the dinosaurs. We were after all, merely "playing music". We had no elaborate stage shows. We were simply playing music, and the regular folks at Clyde's were just sitting and listening to it. There was no Red Carpet leading into Clyde's, no one was wearing fancy gowns or mesh face masks or what have you. The scene at Clyde's had an honesty to it. I'm sure that elsewhere in America, there were countless other similar scenes of regular folks looking for a 15 dollar Prime Rib special and a jazz trio. There were no limousines parked outside Clyde's.
I think the biggest irony of the evening was that singer/songwriter Adele won the most Grammys. Adele, in my view is an artist who seems pretty down to earth, considering here success. She doesn't create a spectacle of herself, but "merely" sings really well and writes really meaningful songs. Maybe there is hope for music after all...