Musing on the Grammys

music musings, beaverdamusa.comWell, the 58th Grammys were on the other night.  Like I did with the CMA Awards a few months ago, I thought I would make notes as I watched the show and include them in this musing.

Taylor – music too loud – does her outfit run on AA or AAA battery?

Loved the comment that LL Cool J made referencing Lionel Richie and Adele.

Best Rap album award – Winner was “To Pimp A Butterfly.”  Really? By the way, where the hell is Compton?

Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt duet – Good Lord, Carrie is wearing toilet paper.  Why do I have to put up with him to watch, errrr, listen to Carrie?

The Weekend – He can’t feel his face because of that thing on his head – looks like a black Jimmy Neutron.

Loved Lt. Dan’s (Gary Sinise) shout out to the military.

Best Country album – Chris Stapleton – momentum continues.

Lionel Richie tribute and Music Cares award – Always have loved Lionel (shhhh).  John Legend did a great job on Easy.  Should have had Adele sing Hello.  Luke Bryan singing Lionel is like me trying to sing soul.  Don’t try it.  Megan Trainor got a shout out from the dear wife – “she needs a bra”.

Girl Crush by Little Big Town – the strings were nice touch.

Song of the Year – Sadly, I only knew one of the five nominees. Great Braille joke by Stevie.

The Eagles tribute – Nice touch having Jackson Browne sing in Glen Frey’s place considering their history.  Was good to see Bernie Leadon there with them.  Don Felder took to Twitter the next day to complain that he wasn’t invited.  Based on history of The Eagles, if Felder had played, Frey would have shown up and kicked his butt.  Damn allergies were acting up during the song.

Pimp A Butterfly Dude – I’m too old to understand what he is saying. Seemed angry.

Best Rock – I knew two of the five – Most were not rock to me.  Don’t like Alabama Shakes because they have Alabama in their name. Must have been the first Amish guy to win a Grammy.

Adele – yes, the mic fell into the piano and landed on a string.  You would think the engineer could have pulled that out of the mix.  Not an Adele fan, but I felt sorry for her.

Justin Bieber – Trying to pull the tough boy look while singing “my mama don’t like you” really doesn’t work.

Lady Gaga with the David Bowie tribute.  Not a Lady G or Bowie fan, but that was probably the best performance of the night.  She did a great job with costumes, makeup, and songs.

BB King tribute – pretty cool.  Bonnie Raitt proved that she can still play.

Hollywood Vampires – Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp – loved it. Pretty brave for Depp to get up there and play with Perry.

In memoriam segment – Dang, there was a lot of talent lost in 2015.  Lots of them were young.

Album of year – Glad to see Taylor Swift win. Nice dig on Kayne.  It was also cool to see her be genuinely excited for other winning artists in the categories where she didn’t win.

Closing number – they said it was going to be Taxi.  That’s not Harry’s Chapin’s song that Pitbull and Robin Thicke are singing.  Time for bed.

Even if I didn’t know or like a lot of the songs/artists on the Grammy’s, it exposed me to some different music.  Didn’t like most of it, but at least I was exposed to it.

As always, thanks for reading.

Zach

Musing in Music City

 

Spotify Works, Even if it it’s not for Taylor Swift Anymore

erica bryan, beaverdamusa.com, behind the micEverybody’s talking about Taylor Swift taking her music off of the music streaming service, Spotify. Some people are angry they can’t listen to it on their paid service, and some people applaud her efforts for standing up for the value of music. When it comes to music business strategies, I trust Taylor Swift and her team’s decisions wholeheartedly. Every move she makes seems to be well thought-out and basically brilliant. While I think her decision to leave Spotify in the dust was a good one for her, I don’t think it would necessarily work for the “up-and-coming” artist, such as myself.
The popularity of Spotify, and other streaming services, has made it easier than ever for musicians to get their music out into the world without a record label. However, it still pains me to look at my Spotify royalties. When I see that I’m making $0.0008 per song play, my heart dies a little.
But, I knew going in to this whole shebang that I would not make money initially. I knew that I would have to spend a whole lot of money in the beginning to give people a product for free. As an artist, you have to think to yourself, “How will I gain new listeners if I make people buy something that they’re not sure they even like yet?” Even young Taylor Swift thought this way, whether she knew it or not. She began getting a large fan base off of the social media platform, Myspace. There, her music was available for free, and because it was free, people would discover her and find that they enjoyed and related to her music. Without Myspace, her music would not have reached as many people in the early stages of her career, which became a crucial springboard for her future. So, I view Spotify like I view Myspace– an avenue to reach a new audience, and hopefully captivate them and invite them into your music journey.
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That’s how I discovered new Country artist, Sam Hunt. When I heard murmurings around Nashville that he had been signed to Universal Music Group, long before his recent CD release, I immediately went to Spotify to listen to his music. He had an early EP ready to go and I started becoming acquainted with his music and style. Now that he just released his full album, here I am, already a fan, because of his Spotify presence!I’m thankful to have services like Spotify that help me get my music out into the world, and also allow me to discover new artists. I know like all things, Spotify is probably a trend, but, I will also be thankful for the proverbial day when I can take my music off of Spotify. I know that I’ll have laid the groundwork for a great family of people that value my music like Taylor Swift has. With that being said, thank you to those of you that have already bought my music. I really appreciate that you took the time to purchase it and add it to your collection. I value you and will keep trying to make the best possible music I can for you.

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