If you don't think music is important to people, think about this: Much of America is going to tune in to CBS tonight for an hourlong show that simply announces the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards. People love music.
And television network executives love advertising revenue. Tonight's program will draw plenty of advertising dollars, along with many viewers, for a primetime program that reveals the Grammy nominees and presents a concert that will feature The Who, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Ne-Yo, Fun and Hunter Hayes.
I, too, love music. I enjoy all kinds of music. I listen while working, while jogging, while driving – unless sports-talk radio wants to entertain me with a must-hear sports topic.
When I was about 10, I started buying 45 rpm recordings of early rock 'n' roll artists. My collection of singles included hits by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, the Drifters and more.
By the time I got to high school, I bought mostly jazz on vinyl LPs by such artists as Oscar Peterson, Jerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Shorty Rodgers and others. My favorite albums were "Stan Getz at the Shrine," The Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Time Out," and Paul Desmond's "Desmond Blue."
Soul music out of Detroit and Memphis also pleased my eardrums and my very soul back then. Heck, it still does today. Play me some Etta James or Four Tops or the Temptations, and I'll be happy. The Beatles showed up during that time – and I dig the Beatles to this very day – but I most enjoyed the sounds coming from the Stax and Motown artists.
Such soul singers as Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Smoky Robinson became my favorites during the first part of my Marine Corps career. By the time I neared the end of my 20 years in the Corps, I also started listening to long-hair rock, especially when running. One Christmas, I gave my son Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album. However, that cassette ended up playing mostly in my Walkman, as I jogged along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on most evenings during my final tour in the Corps.
I've also listened to country, classical, folk, metal, rap, hip hop and pop along the way in my life of musical appreciation. I hate to admit this, but I loved this past summer's hit "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Even PSY's "Gangnam Style" has had me dancing like a fool this year. Yes, I can listen to music and not act my age, for sure. Right now, in fact, I'm in front if the computer, rockin' in my office chair, listening to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen.
This evening, I'll be rockin' in my Lazy Boy in front of the television, watching the Grammy nominations on CBS. Whoo! The Who will be there! I definitely want to hear Maroon 5, too, who plays some of my favorite joggin' jams. And it should be interesting to see Taylor Swift work with LL Cool J, as they host the show. Don't forget to tune in.