Friday, December 09, 2005

Grammy groaning

They are out! The announcements of the Grammy nominees! Yeah! Not. Every year the Grammies are announced, the music industry spends countless hours and dollars flattering themselves, and we, the masses, are willingly force fed some of the most shallow, insipid, and vacuous music that has been created. We eat it up, rushing to purchase Grammy nominated tripe, tuning in to see the artists, adding to the general buzz and bluster. Idiotic. Every year I lament the state of music and it appears that this year will be no different. I realize it is foolish of me to hope that the masses will forsake the refuse we are spoon fed daily. Call me an idealist, but I just can't accept that everyone can be so unimaginative to think that garbage such as "Hollaback Girl", "Gold Digger" or the formulaic, pseudo-sentimental tripe "We Belong Together" are worth listening to, let alone worth honoring. There is so much music out there that is really brilliant. It is artistic, it is thoughtful, it is adventurous, and it can even uplift and engage the listener. There is music that transcends the senses and connects to the listener on an emotional level. Sure, we all need a break from the dense stuff at times. Pop music has its place for thoughtless escapism. But its place is not up on a pedestal, to be honored by the masses. Can you tell it pisses me off?

7 comments:

  1. Well said! I thought I was just getting old.
    Peace..........

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  2. Helen: Thanks. Maybe we are all just getting old together! ;p

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  3. c.jordan: Is she included in the list of nominees? Or in the list of crap? ;)

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  4. enough said, I nearly choke my own saliva when I realized that Hollaback Girl is up for (crappy) record of the year. Dear God, save us.

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  5. Ugh, no doubt. Terrifying.

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  6. It's enough to make me want to cry. So much good stuff, absolutely ignored in favor of mind-numbing crap. Sometimes I think that I should start my own damn awards ceremony, for all the good it would do. Ugh.

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