Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Adventures of The Grammys

Noted correction for this week, the Winner of Best New Artist was: Esperanza Spalding, not "Esmeralda".  My apologies for the mix up.  I hate when people mess up my name, so I certainly want to clear this up as soon as possible! :)

This week's podcast is "The Adventures of the Grammys".

This past Sunday, I watched “The Grammys” for the first time in nearly a decade.  I didn’t really enjoy it, and the show itself was pretty much a letdown for me, since I’m no longer a big fan of popular music.  I think Lady Gaga is overrated, and I do think her new song is just an old take on Madonna’s “Express Yourself.  It even sounds the same.  Plus, I couldn’t believe when she won that she actually thanked Whitney Houston instead of MadonnaYes, we’ve all been inspired by pre-crack Whitney, but really? Given the monumental influence that Madonna and Grace Jones appears to have on Lady Gaga, you’d think she’d be more generous with spreading her “thanks” around.

Aside from that, Lady Antebellum’s big win with “Need You Now” actually rubbed me the wrong way for a few reasons.  One, I actually liked the song.  Living in Nashville, I was actually exposed to the song, ad nausem, for months, without having any idea who the artist was.  I initially hated the song.  But after hearing it time and time again everytime I walked into a Target or Kroger, it actually stuck.  So, on the one hand, I am fond of the song and do like it.  But then, on Grammy night, to find out that the group behind the song is called “Lady Antebellum”, it first gave me pause, then immediately upset me.  Whereas I was almost ready to give into the “pop culture pressure” and purchase the song that’s still stuck in my head to this day, I opted not to because I simply cannot support any group or person who romanticizing the pre-Civil War South.  When I hear the term “Antebellum”, I think of slavery and The South.  I was slightly curious if there was a story behind their chosen name, then it hit me: “I don’t care!”.  It’s an insensitive moniker, and if they didn’t think about the name and its implications, they’re careless, and if they thought about the name, and stuck with it, then they’re thoughtless.  Either way, as a Black woman, I cannot support something that’s an homage to the South and its wicked history of subjugation and oppression of Black people, and shame on “Lady Antebellum” for choosing such a divisive name.

Of course, I make that last statement somewhat tongue-in-cheek, because I know that given the American school system, many people have no idea what the term “antebellum” means anyway, so they probably don’t understand what the hubbub would be in the first place.  Needless to say, nothing about the Grammys was overly impressive to me.  

It’s been strange that within the last 5 years that I’ve resided in “Music City”, music has been all but “dead” inside of me.  Just doesn’t move me the way that it used to, and by that, I generally mean NEW music.  There just aren’t a lot of new artists that are able to hold my attention, plus I don’t find myself as "wired" into the music industry and all that it entails anymore.

So, at this point, you may be asking yourself “What does this have to do with the struggles and triumphs of a serial entrepreneur?”.  Well, for starters, it’s something that occurred to me, thus I find it interesting on just that premise alone! LOL.  But seriously, I share this because despite the lackluster entertainment showcase that The Grammys provided, it was still nonetheless inspiring to me.  Especially when Esperanza Spalding won.  I loved how she beat out Justin Beiber and the seemingly more “popular” artists, and actually won on what appears to be true talent and artistry.  Esperanza’s win reminds me that there is actually a place for good music, even outside of the heavily commercial influence, and it’s that kind of music, and that kind of environment that I’d like to be involved in one day.

Part of the reason I work so hard now as an entrepreneur trying aggressively to make something happens is because I need money.  And not just money to pay bills (though that would be nice), but money to open up opportunities for me that have been denied due to my lack of capital and inability to do many of the things I’d like to personally and professionally, as a result.  My long-term goal is to have a “music business university” that works to promote artistry and education among people who, despite all good counsel, just can’t not make music!  I want to help those people, who would make the music that they make for free, try to make some money, and not die broke when it’s all said and done.  This has been something that I’ve wanted to do since I was about 13.  I like to think of myself now as preparing myself for the day when the opportunity comes where I can make this dream a reality.

So, while The Grammys themselves were disappointing this year, what I walked away with from them wasn’t.  I still have that renewed vigor to get out and make my dreams happen!  I’m at the point where I love what I do, and I’m doing my best to hold on so that I can get to the point where I love what I do AND am getting paid handsomely for it.  I’ve had so many terrible jobs and bad experiences over the past few years, especially while in Nashville, that I’m convinced that a better day has to be right around the corner.  Though I know it’s not impossible to think that someone can continually be on a downward spiral for 5 years straight, I’m going to be positive and HOPE that that’s not what’s happening!

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  1. Nice article, however the best new artist's name is Esperanza, not Esmeralda.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out for me. I had linked to the right artist, and Google'd it to get it right, but something obviously went wrong with my cut and pasting skills! I appreciate the correction, and have duly noted it in the post. :)


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