2010 Kennedy Center Honors

02 Jan

Aw, yeah!  Last week, CBS aired the Kennedy Center Honors that featured two of my all time favorite musical artists — Sir Paul McCartney and the fantabulous Merle Haggard.

Broadway composer Jerry Herman and dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones were also honored, in addition to Oprah Winfrey. 

Side rant:  Can I just say that I am SO sick of Oprah?  When will we be freed from her excessive exposure and self-promotion?  I find her so insincere and disengenuous.  She sucks people in like she’s the “every woman” and “just like you” when she’s a kabillionaire who certainly doesn’t have to worry about college tuition or paying the mortgage.  Besides, anyone who needs a TV show, radio network, magazine and now a TV network, has got to be filling some kind of hole in self-agrandizement.  And people just continue to fawn all over her….blech!

For the Kennedy Honors, you’d swear that it was the Oprah Honors and “the others” were just there to bask in her glory.  She cannot help but to usurp everyone else’s attention….but I digress.

I’ve chronicled my Beatles love many times on this blog (see Beatles tags), but don’t know if I’ve ever delved into my Merle-adoration.  Merle Haggard is one of the legends of music — not just Country music — and is one of the good guys who has made things better for those around him.  And, his music is just, well…good.

Vince Gill gives a great retrospective of Merle’s career at the Kennedy Honors ceremony:

and performances of Merle tunes by Kris Kristoffersen, Sherly Crow, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and pal, Willie Nelson.  Note:  it’s a little long, but well worth it.  Also, notice Oprah trying to sing along.  Really?!?  You think she’s got a bunch of Merle CDs at home?

It’s no coincidence that Merle Haggard is such a friend of new artists and is so loved by his fellow performers since he decided to pursue music after hearing Johnny Cash at San Quentin when Cash was trying to bring a little joy to those less fortunate.  Just goes to show that paying it forward has ever-implacating rewards.  Personally, I’m torn between these two as my favorite Merle tunes:

That’s The Way Love Goes

My Favorite Memory

….Merle.  A TRUEadour.

Finally, I can’t overlook Sir Paul.  Perhaps the greatest tribute to Paul is this medley featuring Apple Records recording artist, James Taylor, the irrepresible Mavis Staples and rock legend, Steven Tyler.

Note:  Check out Oprah (AGAIN) trying to hog the limelight.  GAH!

I couldn’t help but think that Paul was thinking about John Lennon with this program being so close to the 30th anniversary of John’s death.  Must have been surreal….and lonely.


5 responses to “2010 Kennedy Center Honors

  1. Mark Jr

    January 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Wow! Never would have thought you were going to return to this platform, but it’s good that you are. Was unable to catch the show, but the clips provide enough of the moments. Love Merle and Paul goes without saying. Oprah, on the other hand, well I couldn’t have put it better…

    Welcome back

  2. music maven

    January 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, Markie. I’m still tinkering with the right “theme” and formats, but I’m actually excited about being back. Hope 2011 is extraordinary for you and Karen. Much love.

  3. amy d

    January 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm


    I am both shocked and exuberant upon learning of your bloggy return!

    I didn’t watch the KCH, but when I saw it was on while flipping, the first thought in my head was, “Oprah is being honored?? Again?????”

    I swear she’s honored EVERY year! Or maybe she’s just strategically placed in the audience every year, and that’s what I’m seeing.

    I caught a show on her silly new network last weekend on Jay-Z. Of course Oprah had to put in her two cents here and there throughout the 1 hour program, but it was a great interview with J. Amazing life he has led thus far. Doubt I will watch anything other than that in the future.

    So, so glad you’re back missy! I missed you!

  4. Shrewspeaks

    January 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

    in a crazy crazy week…Sir Paul’s tribute was a moment when 3 generations of my family sat together, happy and lost in the moment of music. I could have lived without No Doubt…would have preferred the Redwalls or bring back Crowded House…bands so obviously influenced by the early Beatle sound

    But the second half with Steven Tyler, Mavis and James was just thrilling.

  5. lightingthefilter

    January 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Nice to see you blogging again. 🙂


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