But the most impressive memory of the night may have been Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance.
“Dave Grohl Grammy Speech” is the second subject that comes up when you type his name into Google.
Rightfully so (in my opinion).
I heard this LIVE last Sunday night…and when I did, I thought to myself: “wow…never a more profound statement about music”.
“This is a great honor, because this record was a special record for our band. Rather than go to the best studio in the world down the street in Hollywood and rather than use all of the fanciest computers that money can buy, we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine…
“For me this award means alot because it shows that the human element of making music is the most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning your craft is the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and what goes on in here (points to head.)”
-Dave Grohl, 2012 Grammy Award Acceptance Speech
The Grammy’s have taken down most of the video postings due to copyright violation – but I did find one version on YouTube. Check it out while it lasts:
So what do you think? The internet has been a BUZZ for 3 days about this. Without being overly philosophical or broaching the “record-label-bashing” position, my take was really very simple.
As guitarists, many of us (guilty) strive to own (purchase) the next great guitar or the next great amp or the next great effects rack. I suppose we think (as I often do) that it will make us better musicians. But according to Dave Grohl, that’s not where music really comes from. Music is born in your head and music is born in your heart.
As guitarists, it works it’s way down to our hands.
I have always said that a great player can make a $200.00 guitar sound exceptional and an average player can make a $4,000.00 guitar sound…average.
So learn your craft. Practice your guitar. Spend money on lessons, not gear. Then go out into your garage and play! I believe that is what Dave Grohl was saying.
At least that’s what I heard. -GuitarDaddy.