Looking at the discussion of the Coldplay/Satriani issue, something else came to mind. When I left the Grammy Party last Sunday evening, I got in the car to drive home and in the CD player was a compilation CD of Rogers and Hart songs - specifically, when I turned on the car, the first thing I heard was Sarah Vaughan singing "My Funny Valentine".
That song was first performed in a 1937 Broadway show called "Babes in Arms" (a show which also gave us "The Lady Is A Tramp"). I'd bet that 95% of the folks on this forum know those songs - to recognize, if not to play. According to Wikipedia, it's been recorded by more than 600 artists, and has appearedon more than 1300 albums.
So how many of the Grammy Song of the Year contenders do y'all think will still be known 72 years from now?
I hear ya! I don't think any song off that list grabs me as a Classic. There have been some nice Grammy Award winning songs in recent years though. I think "If I Ain't Got You" by Alecia Keys is a great song. Jeremy Wheatley's mix on "Put Your Records On" by Corrine Bailey Rae really knocked my socks off!
But the truth is, who knows what will still be great 72 years from now? That glory can only be determined in the future. And the people who wrote those songs probably won't even be alive to accept the accolade. Let's just HOPE & PRAY it's not "Rump Shaker". (lol, jk)
On the flipside, there have been plenty of "Song of the Year" nods & winners that have been long forgot. "Theme of Exodus" (that classic Paul Newman war movie theme) won the Song of the Year award in 1961...the only reason I point this out, is unless you were doing a school report like I was when I came across it, I highly doubt you are going to hear it, or know what it is if it came on, unless you grew up in that era. It may have had a huge impact on movie scores from that point forward, but outside of that realm, it is really no longer relevant to popular music other than to "sample" it. Doesn't make it a good, or bad song (I personally think it's great) but needless to say, there were much more memorable songs (in hindsight) from that same year.
btw...Chet Baker's version of "My Funny Valentine" is my favorite recording of all time. great post!
haha...that must be why they are still fighting! Palestine is rightfully Pat Boone's!!!! LOL But really all I was trying to say, is that there's much more memorable songs from 1960...
"Georgia On My Mind" - Ray Charles (which also took home 2 grammy's that year)
"This Magic Moment" - The Drifters
"Are You Lonesome Tonight" - Elvis Presley
"Beyond the Sea" - Bobby Darrin (or was that considered 1959 with "mack the knife"?)
anyway, any of these songs, in my opinion are much more known to the average ear today. that's all. So I guess the point I was trying to make is while the Grammy's are very accurate in telling us where music popular music stands, it doesn't necessarily mean all the great music that is happening in 2009 is being recognized by the Grammy Awards.