Monday, February 12, 2007


For all the complaints about the business of the music industry and the iTunes-induced fears of the future of recorded music and the criticism that the good music simply can't get made with all of the marketing pressures in the world today, a brief glance at the Grammy nominees/winners list should restore anyone's faith in the art of music-making.

I mean, come on - this years winners list includes Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, the Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige, Donald Fagen, OK Go, Peter Frampton, John Mayer, Madonna, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend, Jill Scott... the list goes on and on and on and looks like the index from a very cool encyclopedia of rock 'n roll. And those are just the winners.

But don't discount the greatness of nominees Imogen Heap, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sheryl Crow, Keane, Bruce Hornsby, Beck, Neil Young, Tom Petty, the Raconteurs... seriously, I'm pretty sure that no matter what anyone says, musically speaking, this is the best time to be alive.

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