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Thursday, March 07, 2002

Late content is better than no content, right?

What exactly is "old news"? For something to be "old news", does the news just have to be old? What if what happened, the subject of the news, is something that happened some time ago, but there was no way to know about it until now? Is it still "old news"? Was it even news until you heard about it? Case in point...

About a week ago the Grammy Awards were held and two Grammys were won for albums I own - Best Spoken Comedy Album for George Carlin's audiobook of "Napalm and Silly Putty" and Best Album Notes for Richard Pryor's "Richard Pryor...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992)". Notice that neither of these really have anything to do with music. There's a bit of an analogy to be made between the music I listen to and the baseball teams I support. Even though I like the Cubs and watch them whenever I can, I realize that winning championships isn't much of a habit for them, but I watch them anyway. You can say something similar about Tori Amos - she can contend for the playoffs, but never brings home the goods, and I'll still listen to her anyway. I shouldn't complain too much - my oddball listening tastes have given me some satisfaction over the past several years - Johnny Cash has won Grammys for work related to his last three albums, Barry White won a Grammy for his last album, and Fiona Apple won a Grammy for a song off her first album. I'd like to see all of them at the podium at the same time.

Lastly, did anybody else realize the irony in Nelly Furtado winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I'm Like A Bird"? Best vocals? From my limited experience listening to that song, I think I heard a total of about 4 notes and 8 words. Maybe I just couldn't hear very well over the gnashing of my teeth...

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