Just a few random thoughts on the Grammys...
- I appreciate the effort, but the show was really an excuse for some of the worst mash-ups ever. Maroon 5 & Cierra? Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock? Fantasia and that other guy? Come on, it's like a party game. Come up with the funniest combinations ever! What about Green Day & George Jones? Here's Neil Diamond & Cyndi Lauper! Please welcome 50 Cent & Gloria Estefan! Now, here's Eminem and Adam Ant!
- Mariah Carey - I love that song she sang. In fact, I've loved it every time she released that exact same song since 1992.
- Kelly Clarkson - I'm a fan, and she'd easily make my List Of Five. However, if I wanted to hear Evanescence, I'd just turn on a Clear Channel radio station that markets itself as "modern". I don't want to hear it from her.
- Coldplay - This is something I've also noticed from U2. British guys can't dance, but they're so cool, it doesn't matter. If I tried to do that weird, freezing-in-place chicken dance on stage, I'd catch a bottle of Michelob in the skull. But if Bono or Chris Martin does it, they can get Gwyneth Paltrow to ovulate for them. It's not fair.
- U2 - Bono spoke twice tonight, once telling a long rambling story about everybody being in the circus, the other revealing that his dad was the "atomic bomb" in their album's title. That's cool and all that, but man, doesn't Bono ever speak in anything but complicated metaphors? It's got to be tough for him to order a meal in less than an hour.
- Paul McCartney - Just a few days after seeing the Rolling Stones at the Super Bowl, I now wonder why McCartney comes across so well, and Mick Jagger is so embarrassing. I'm not sure, but I think it has to do with Paul's lack of crotch-thrusting.
- Bruce Springsteen - Sadly, Bruce appears to be falling prey to a rare disease that slowly turns you into Bob Dylan. Tom Petty suffered with this syndrome for years.
- Joss Stone - What an incredible voice. And let me tell you, it takes a special woman to wear those colors in that way.
- And finally, the jazz tribute to New Orleans. I though it was well done, except for the instrumentation. The song closed with guitar solos from Elvis Costello and The Edge. Man, nothing says New Orleans jazz like an aging British New Wave guy, and The Edge.