LL Cool J struck the right note last night at the Grammys. (How difficult was that? To be the one to deliver those first sentences!). From there, many high notes and remembrances. A favorite? Dave Grohl accepting wins, in numbers only behind Adele! ~I
Adele was the big winner Sunday, too, taking home six awards, including three of the biggest: album of the year for “21,” and song of the year and record of the year for “Rolling in the Deep.” “It’s been the most life-changing year,” she said, fighting back tears when she won album of the year.
Foo Fighters were close behind with five Grammys, including best rock performance for “Walk.”
“The human element in music is what’s most important,” singer Dave Grohl said in accepting the award for the band. “Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to learn to do.”
That was good to remember on the industry's biggest night. It comes down to that person making music. And in the case of the Foo Fighters, their award-winning record was made in Dave's garage with some "some microphones and a tape machine"!
And I wanted to share a letter from one of our wonderful KINK Community peeps, Pat Costa, who allowed US to share this letter with everyone. Room for YOUR comments, below.
The Tipping Point
She was the daughter of an Army man, the cousin of Dionne Warwick and the godchild of Aretha Franklin; her mother, a singer herself, often brought her up on stage as a teen, to sing with her. She had angels in her voice and the sun in her smile. Though many singers have been excoriated for their horrible versions of the National Anthem, a song that is notoriously difficult to perform, she could belt it right out of a stadium and leave people teary-eyed for the experience. Her personality and voice could light up a room or a concert hall and you felt like she was singing just to you. This was Whitney Houston.
Her marriage to Bobby Brown proved difficult, tempestuous and damaging to her emotionally and physically. Her introduction to the wonderful world of chemistry ultimately proved to have an unbreakable power over her life.
How many times have we seen this? How many times have we watched a John Belushi, an Amy Winehouse, a Jimi Hendrix perform, obviously wasted. Completely in the thrall of one drug or another. How many times have we thought; "Someone needs to intervene, to just step in and say 'No!'" How many times must we watch as brilliance is first tarnished, then eroded away by the unbreakable pull of drugs? Thus, Whitney, like so many talented and tortured souls before her, took that final journey, that last trip, into the dark. Those troubles, now over for her, are visited on her child, her family and her fans. The unfortunate summary of the last few days is that this scourge will continue. Adieu, Whitney; thank you for the music. I am truly sorry that you were not able to live in this world as successfully as your music did.