MAX COLLEY III
I feel I can't let this one go. People always ask if I watched the grammy's. The answer is always no. I've been on this soap box so long that I'm tired of talking about it. There is so little music on the grammy's at this point and what we are recognizing as art is very reflective of where we are at in society. This has always been the case. I'm going to tread a very thin line here even though I'm very passionate about my thoughts on many things in society. I try to focus on what I can do in a loving way. I'm always surprised to see peoples reactions to the mess this world is in and not equate the influences in media as having any responsibility for the current state of affairs. I am unapologetically a Christ Follower for lack of better term. I try my best to love people as Christ did. It doesn't mean anything goes. Christ was very direct on issues but he acted in love. (I need to write a post on the Chosen but I'll wait until later) So why all this info and what does it have to do with the grammy's?
I had just finished watching episode 7 of the chosen. After each episode my mind is always wow and how does this effect me today and what should I be doing now. It's been awesome. The only reason I turned on the grammy's was for the first time in a long time there was a chance of jazz, "America's Music" that we don't embrace, had a chance of being on because of the great new talent of Samara Joy being in the category of best new artist and a colleague from MSU being up for a grammy with a project that she brought live here and was excited to help out with. So I was like let me see what is happening. First thing I see is them basically worshiping Satan. I was like ok, let me turn this off right now. Wow. I'm leaving early in the morning and am rushed as always trying to get things done so bring my laundry in to fold and turn it on again. This time it was just in time to see Samara get her award which I was so happy about. This is followed by some hip hop tribute where it appears to me they are mocking Jesus at the last supper. Now I did not watch enough to actually see if this was the case because I wasn't about to be in for more non sense.
People can like what they like but here is my take on things. First, we as a society tend to glorify ignorance but it's deeper than that. It's spiritual. As a Christian, I believe in good and evil. If you read the Bible it's pretty deep about Christ's life being foretold way before He was here. When He got here, they tried to kill Him as a baby. Jews have been slaughtered because they are God's chosen people. Jesus has always been a message of love which is the exact opposite of the evil one. So the only reason the evil one would not want people to trust Christ is because He is truth. He paid the ultimate price for sin but because He is a lover, He is always going to give us free will to choose Him or not, which is why you see what you do now and why the world is a mess. The more we reject Him and He gives us the freedom to do so, the more we sow our own seeds of sin and destruction. Circle around to the Grammys with worshipping Satan and mocking Jesus. Yes, I was offended but nobody cares. They have a right to go in any direction they want to, but that is why I don't watch the Grammys. In addition to it supposed to be about music, there is so little talent there. It's business and money and high executives giving a deprived culture of what they want and what will sell!
To end on a more positive note. Here are a few times in my lifetime that were special Grammys for me.
So many of my heroes on this. I know sometimes these put together things are not the favorite things to do as artists but as a fan and very young to see my heroes on national tv was a big thing for me!
Lot of stories about this one. One Brian Lynch told me. LOL but how exciting to play the Hummel and then walk across the stage and play Monk. If I have my story right after Wynton one his first grammy, his dad told him, "You don't think this means you can play now does it? " LOL
Ella. That's all I need to say!
Now of course this didn't make the main broadcast. They couldn't fit it into the 3 hours or whatever it ran. But congrats to Samara. Also features my friend and former MSU alum Luther Allison!
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Max Colley III
Spirit Filled Jazz Musician