After the Grammys, they throw a huge party complete with acrobats, dancers, food, booze, and Kenny Loggins performing. It was a blast. (And I am a huge fan of Kenny! There was one review about my music comparing me to Loggins and Messina, as if that was a bad thing…let’s see if I can find it…)
“I find this all fascinating. And here’s what I think, for what it’s worth: I’ve listened to most of her nominated album, “Emotional Jukebox.” It isn’t very good, in my opinion, and it is definitely not Americana, though that’s a hard word to define. At best, her songs remind me of mid-70s Loggins and Messina. At worst, I get some Shania Twain. I suspect there are a lot more than ten albums that are better than this one.”
(And btw, I have no problem with anyone having their opinion about my music. I find both comparisons flattering. This person had the class to preface that it was an opinion. What I do have a problem with is when someone insults my fans.)
Now back to the party…Grammy Nominees get 2 free tickets to attend, and everyone else has to pay $200 dollars to get in. (That is in addition to the money you have to pay for your tickets to the Grammy show, that can range from $300 for nose bleeds, to $1000 dollars.) Or you can go on line and get ripped off and pay up to $5,000 dollars for a fancy ticket that a record label has made available to scalp at 5x the cost! If you are a Grammy Member, you can get the nose bleeds for $150.
You cannot go to the party unless you purchase the tickets to the show. So, at the very least, it will cost a member $350 dollars to go to both. But it was a great show, and a hell of a party. For the Rock Doc, it was 2 Grand.
For me, it was complimentary, but we had to shell out for hotels, make-up and hair, transport “Goin’ to California” (Which you can download!!), and other stuff. So, there is a couple of G’s right there, too. (If “Going to California” gets 3,000 downloads, I might break even!)
So 2 things…
Number 1, my new friend, fellow Grammy member, nominee, and WINNER, Herschel Garfein….just wrote me and told me a story.
ELMER GANTRY is the winner of 2 GRAMMYs
Congrats!! Great Opera piece that actually uses the word “fart” in it! So, I had to vote for him….
Anyway, he won. He brought his 9 year old daughter with him, all the way from New York.
There are several check-point Charlie’s before attending any of the events.
So, Herschel and his daughter were at one of the check-points, to the after party, and found that someone had swiped his tickets from his tuxedo pocket!
He explained to the security, and then, even to higher authorities, that he was a Grammy Winner, (and there was evidence), not the actual trophy, (you get that in the mail, a couple of months later…I may be camping out in front of his door to swipe it!)
But, regardless, they would NOT let him in!! No ticky no shirty! With his 9 year old daughter!!! WTF!!???
Anyway, I am sorry Herschel. That totally sucks. (However, I would rather have had the win, and not have attended the party!)
Thing 2 – Looks like I am going to have to go on the road asap. I love performing, though!
I played in Carbondale, Colorado, this Friday at Steve’s Guitar Shop.
This was a very cool venue, like a trippy living room with guitars hanging from the ceiling, and all over the walls. Great vibe.
Thanks to the talented Mike Waters for hooking it up and opening for me!
And thanks Besty, for sending this shot!
And thanks to Alan and Luke at KDNK for having me on the show, and playing LIVE, the debut of my new song, “When I Sing”, which I am currently recording with Robert Xeno, co-producing. Hear that show here! (With my horse voice I could hardly sing!! laryngitis still full throttle. Tried to squeeze that last note out!~ Ouch!)
But the bottom line? I had articles written about me all over the world. Tons of press. But I make more sales in one show live on my CD‘s, then I do with downloads on line, on the week of the Grammys! WTF?
So I’m a little depressed this morning, on the first morning I have been able to relax in my own bed in a while. But the relaxing will not last. Gonna hop in my Indie mobile, (Ford F1-50) and gonna hit the road to do some shows. Probably going out solo until I can afford a band.
I am discouraged about how infrequently music is bought these days. Not just from me, but other Indies without the giant muscle behind them. And mainly, it is because people can steal your music. Why pay? Or stream it for .017 cents. (or whatever ridiculous fraction of a penny an artist gets.) WTF???!!! (Do the math on how many times someone would have to listen to my song to make a dollar!)
And I wonder how many more albums my fellow nominees even sold after the nomination? Of course, in a blog, recently written to diss me and my fans, Bob Lefsetz mentioned how my record sales did not “spike”. But, he neglected to provide info of the others’ in my category. And they are tremendous musicians, with great albums, so my point is not one of disrespect, just curiosity.
If I may take the line from one of my favorite movies, “Stripes”, written by Harold Ramis,
(Whom I was lucky enough to have met gigging in Aspen, a while back….
Bill Murray says, “And then the depression set in”…
So, the party is over.