Sunday, February 8, 2009

Watching the Grammy Awards . . . What wonders!

By now, if you've checked the Website, you know who the World Music Award winners are. But more of that later, and of the Grammy Awards overall.

This is all too much. A Cabinet-level Secretary for the Arts? And a VERY pregnant (word has it her baby was due today) Sri Lankan Rap artist, M.I.A. a featured vocalist in a visionarily black-and-white-film-like performance on mainstream American TV? "Oh brave new world, that has such people in it." (Shakespeare's The Tempest, and then again, Aldous Huxley)

The event, in any case, gives hope that we may yet avoid Orwell's nightmare.

Many voices from the past: McCartney, and Smokey Robinson . . . .

And toward the end, a deeply moving, and generous in detail, luminous montage of those who left us (and this world of music) in 2008, then a seamless segue into a multi-layered commemoration of Bo Diddley's unique rhythmic riff.

Stay tuned!

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