While the Grammy’s, in essence, is an evening of recognition of multi talent, what it really is is the efforts and collaboration of everyone in that building to work together to create a three and a half hour non-prejudiced, emotion-filled presentation of art.

And I couldn’t help but think – isn’t that what life is . . .

supposed to be !

There was obviously anticipation as artists were recognized for their work – musically, vocally, instrumentally, lyrically, demonstratively.

There was collaboration and adoration – as multi-culture (genre) Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams came together beautifully and flawlessly and opened the evening with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  And as later in the evening Keith Urban, John Mayer and Norah Jones joined the microphone in a raw rendition of Jolene in honor of Dolly Parton.

There was an artistic re-emergence of Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Streisand as he proudly honored her achievements in his introduction and then returning together at the evening’s end to present the anticipated Album of the Year Award.

There was love – sincere, heartfelt love (I sure could feel it) – not only from Blake Shelton’s introduction of fiance Miranda Lambert’s performance but in the profound statement of his standing ovation to her, her performance and his feelings. (Ah! it just gave me the shivers. Kudos Blake !)

There was surprise – at least I thought so – as Jaden Smith stole the spotlight in Justin Bieber’s performance as he popped up from the stage to rap his part of “Never Say Never”.

There was a well-delivered expectation of individuality as Lady Gaga arrived on the Red Carpet and to the stage in . . . an egg !

There was sincere appreciation as Lady Antebellum repeatedly accepted honors.

There was fear (if you saw Barbara Streisand whisper I was so nervous at the end of her Evergreen performance). Can you imagine after all these years, accolades and accomplishments, Barbara Streisand being nervous !

There was disappointment both to artists and fans, I’m sure, as obviously not everyone could go home with a Grammy.


I have an eye for detail and a different and sometimes odd way of comparing things. But as I sat enjoying moment after moment of multi talent, it hit me how similar the Grammy evening was – and is – to life . . . yours, mine, ours.

Anticipation, collaboration, adoration, honor, love, surprise, expectation, individuality, appreciation, fear and disappointment. All those emotions under one roof for one evening entertaining us, inspiring us, captivating us. We tuned in and chose to participate.

Yet in real life we struggle with those emotions daily

So . . . the next time you feel yourself struggling, stop and think for a moment. No matter how big or how small, you have done something to make a collaborative difference.


Life’s a stage ~ You’re the artist

Nominate (appreciate) yourself


Honor your Grammy moments (accomplishments) !


My favorite performance of the evening was the Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan “Medley”.


The diverse musical collaboration in that performance left me appreciative and speechless !

Unfortunately I could not find an uncopyrighted clip of it.  So please enjoy my second favorite performance.

Short – Sweet – Raw

This song gives me the shivers every time I hear it.

Norah Jones – John Mayer – Keith Urban honoring Dolly Parton with a tribute of Jolene ~ one of my favorite Dolly Parton songs.