January 31, 2010

52nd Annual Grammy's: Where Theatre Meets Music.

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Tonight's Grammy's opened with the ever provocative Lady Gaga. As always, she entertained and turned all musical conventions upside down and sideways. She manages to combine so many genres in her theatrical, dramatic performances. She certainly tries not to follow some formula! I am not so sure she'd be all that great without her bag o' tricks, however. But that's show biz!

Regardless, overall, there has definitely been an infusion of all things theatre! From Gaga with Elton to Green Day with the cast from American Idiot the musical...What a great marriage: rock and drama. And then Beyonce comes on and performs Alanis Morrisette's You Otta Know! Crazy choice! Another example of drama meets pop: a combination of edge and soul.

I love how the Grammy's magnifies what is happening in pop culture at this point. It seems that Glee has taken over the music industry. Well, Glee and Susan Boyle, whose musical-inspired career has dominated this year! Theatre is taking music to the next level, from simply entertaining to dramatic, pure and full of heart. Cheesy even. I love cheese.

I've watched the Grammy's faithfully since I was twelve. While I am sure that the popular music it promotes targets the teen/tween demographic, I am still hooked. I love the escape. I love how happy popular music makes me. I love the fashion. I love to sit back and critique, guessing who will last and who will fade: Like, will Ke$ha ever have another hit? I doubt I'll see her at the Grammy's again! Watching these awards and staying up-to-date with popular music also helps me stay connected to what is important to my students.

So here I sit, some eighteen years running. I will watch from start to finish. I will make declarations about how the industry changes; and I will observe how the true talent separate themselves from the one hit wonders. Most excitingly, I will soak up the drama. I love to watch the drama!

p.s. Pink's figure is slammin'!
p.p.s. I am excited to see the M.J. tribute!
p.p.p.s. My favourite song of all time--(I even wanted it to be our wedding song, but J.B. said it was too sad)--is Bridge Over Trouble Water originally by Simon and Garfunkel. I am including the lyrics:

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

4 comments:

  1. I can't say I watch the Grammy's anymore, and despite the fact that I think Lady Gaga is atrocious, girl's gotta set of lungs. I can definitely stand by her talent in that respect! :)

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  2. People seem to love or hate Lady Gaga...nothing in the middle. I really like her songs, but not watching her. Could that unitard BE cut any higher...I was very nervous watching her.

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  3. Anonymous31.1.10

    that IS a sad song! thank goodness jb wouldnt let you have it! i want pink's bod.. like, i want my body to be like hers.. i dont want her body as in ... nevermind... to bed, i said


    p.s. i like your pop culture and baby blogs the best!

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  4. hey! I tagged you on my blog.

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