It’s Grammy Award night, music peeps, and this Songstress is in happy music anticipation as I’ve been reading all the Tweets and Facebook updates from people attending this year. I have had the honor of attending the Grammy’s twice in my life, and the experiences of being there were unforgettable. One poignant moment was when Bono and Joni Mitchell were on the Grammy stage together presenting an award. I almost cried to see my two rock idols in one place together a stone throw’s away. The Grammy Awards create musical memories, and that is right up my alley!
In honor of the Grammy Awards tonight, I thought I would take this blog opportunity to talk about MusiCares, the non-profit organization founded by the Grammy Foundation. MuisCares is the music industry’s way to look out for their own. Taken straight from their website, their mission statement says:
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
Each year, they honor one musical artist’s body of work, and their humanitarian efforts. This year, the award went to Bruce Springsteen. The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported about the event, which took place two nights ago, Friday, February 8th. I love the quote they put in the paper that Bruce Springsteen said when talking about MusiCares:
He then humorously explained the necessity of a foundation dedicated to supporting musicians: “We are bad with our money. We spend it too freely, and on too many stupid things. We drink it away. We do drugs. We love too many and the wrong people. We are the wrong people. We [mess up] many peoples’ lives while setting fire to our own, dancing down the street.”
The article also went on to describe the evening’s “non-musical highlight” as they were auctioning off a Fender guitar signed by Springsteen in support of MusiCares:
As auctioneer David Foster walked the room looking for bids (starting at $50,000), other musicians — Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris among them — signed the guitar. Then Springsteen grabbed the microphone and offered more incentive. He’d give the winning bidder an hour-long guitar lesson. The crowd cheered, and the bids went higher. He added a ride in the sidecar of his Harley Davidson, concert tickets, and the bidding hit $100,000. Then, pointing to his mother sitting at his table, the Boss capped it: “And lasagna made by my mother!” The winning bid was $250,000.
Plain and simple….Bruce Springsteen is a mensch, which is what got him the award in the first place.
This is why my song of the day is Mr. Bruce Springsteen’s famous hit, “Born to Run.” Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear the classic song, and please use it to follow this rock star’s lead. There is always something we can all do to make this world better. Congrats to Bruce! You rock!