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How I award my music…..and trash the shows

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I have lost interest in Award Shows. It’s trash. Yet, Movies are a thrilling form of entertainment. Driving to the theatre and gazing at characters going through adventures on a giant wall to wall screen is really cool. I absolutely love music in pretty much all forms. The music courses I took in high school and college were highly influential in my appreciation for quite a number of genres. Attending rock concerts, attending a theatrical musical, standing around at a small club and rooting for your favorite band to just lift you up emotionally are all amazing things that I reap awesome benefits from. But; when it comes to awards programs like The Grammy’s; it’s all about sensationalism and sex!!! It’s just a circus show! Besides, the music I listen to, for the most part, is never truly represented at these award shows. A trophy does not really indicate greatness. Great Speeches are cut off too. How annoying! Tons of artists are crammed on stage together in this bizarre amalgamation trip! Yikes! It’s just not all that great! They have lost sight on the artist’s struggles. No behind the scenes efforts or stories involved. The Grammy’s only point out the “Main stream” artists….the “showy….look at me” ones. Politics get involved. Tributes are weird and are glossed over loosely. Lou Reed…ahem!

I like to read about up coming musicians from various sources. NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast, Pitchfork’s music site, Rolling Stone Magazine, random obscure blog sites ( such as this one) and attending concerts that feature curious opening acts are some of the places Where I gain this musical knowledge. Word of mouth is a key factor as well. I soak up musical trivia like a sponge. When I grew up in the 1980’s, I watched MTV videos and focused on game shows like Remote Control and Rock & Roll Jeopardy hosted by Jeff Probst! In December, I listed my top 20 favorite albums of 2013. Daft Punk actually won the Grammy for best album. It was number 7 on my list. They certainly did entertain and it was a cool thing! But that translates to basically 5% of what I listen to being represented at a show like this. But even so, the award show is all about marketing, advertising and (s)exploitation.

Why do I watch the show? To catch a live performance and see who wins. But it gets boring seeing the same old thing every year. It’s getting redundant. I like Katy Perry. I am going to see a concert of hers at the end of the summer. I am glad she performed at the awards show. It was neat. She was nominated for a few awards but she didn’t win. But that’s okay. Maybe I just needed to get this off my chest. Awards do not validate the quality of music that I enjoy listening to. The circus show of politics should not be mixed together with music. It seems out of place. I am proud that I have opened up my mind over the years and I discover all sorts of hidden musical gems. Maybe that’s why most of my friends have no idea what I am talking about, half the time.

My ears do the listening. If I like what I hear, I explore it further. iTunes and Amazon are good, in the sense that they have SMART software that gages your interests by suggesting artists that you might like and what others like that are similar to a recent purchase. I was hoping this post would sound better and more credible without feeling redundant. The POINT is…..award shows like The Grammy’s do not satisfy me. Too many categories get confusing. Not all of them are televised. Most of them aren’t actually. Lots of groups meshing on stage…it just annoys me so much! Why was Chicago Transit Authority there playing with Robin Thicke? I don’t get it. Nothing but fancy dresses and only the poppy, catchy songs get awards. Award shows are an abomination of the music industry, in my opinion. No respect for the artists. It’s like they only focus on the Billboard charts top 40 and draw the names from a hat or something.

I’m not saying that what I listen to makes me cool like I am a rebel or something. I feel that the Grammys don’t belong in my life anymore. I no longer care who wins. I will just keep collecting music in all forms and just appreciate what my friends and I listen to. I will go to record stores, attend live music shows, talk about music and most importantly just enjoy the ride! I will take out the trash and award my music by talking about what I listen to and buying them on record. To own and appreciate much hard work and talent spinning around a turntable to become dazzled by the wonderful sounds is reward enough.

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By christophernoe

Writer, Poet and Music geek

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