Thread: Dave Grohl On His Grammy Speech

Bhawk - 2/18/2012 at 04:42 AM

Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin' with Lil' Wayne...meeting Cyndi Lauper's adorable mother...the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet.....much too much to recap. It's really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there's one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance...and then saying this:

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey......I'm a drummer, remember?

Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil' ode to analog recording has. OK....maybe Kanye has me on this one, but....Imma let you finish....just wanted to clarify something...

I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5.....I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn't matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician's personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and.....human.

That's exactly what I was referring to. The "human element". That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became "bad" things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily "fixed". The end result? I my humble opinion.....a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.

And, unfortunately, some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance. Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell...I'm not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really f-----g hard so that I don't have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that's what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.

I don't know how to do what Skrillex does (though I f-----g love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that's badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the "craft" is equally as important, I'm sure. I mean.....if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)

So, don't give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.

Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.

Stay frosty.

[Edited on 2/18/2012 by Bhawk]

IPowrie - 2/18/2012 at 05:40 AM

I agree with what he said

JimSheridan - 2/18/2012 at 01:47 PM

Dave Grohl seems like a decent dude. I respect what he said the first time. He got some really bizarro criticism for his statement. I'm not the biggest fan of the Foo Fighters, but I do respect him.

BigDaveOnBass - 2/18/2012 at 02:48 PM

This cracks me up every time!

stormyrider - 2/18/2012 at 07:22 PM

great vid

It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

one of the best quotes about music / art I've heard in a long time

robslob - 2/18/2012 at 07:50 PM

I was sitting in the break room @ work yesterday and I happened to catch Steve Van Zandt on a live TV interview on some cable channel. One of the things he said was how much he liked the meaning of what Grohl said @ The Grammies. I liked it, too...........and I DO in fact think that there is way too much drum machine in popular music today. Like Madonna or Lady Gaga for instance? One more thing: Is her name Lady Gaga because she tries to make everyone gag with her appearance? Sorry, couldn't help that one after watching the Grammies. To each their own..........I GUESS.

[Edited on 2/18/2012 by robslob]

downsouth - 2/19/2012 at 12:25 PM

I'm surprised Dave Grohl's statement wasn't mentioned on here yet. That is bizarre that people flipped out on that. Good on ya Dave!! is what i say. I wonder how many of the perfomances that night were "perfected" - hummm....

Dave Grohl is way ok in my book, i really dig a lot of his early power trio stuff when he was "only a drummer"


if you're a naysayer, give their acoustic album a spin

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