Last night was a triumphant send-off for the man known simply as "Genius". Last night's Grammy Awards ceremony was not so much a celebration of music as it was a tribute to the great Ray Charles. His 2004 album "Genius loves Company" was bestowed with 8 awards...including the inaugural presentation of "Best Surround Sound Recording".
The Grammies have been guilty of "over-awarding" in the past. The fix was surely in for Eric Clapton's sentimental sweep with "Tears in Heaven"..Bonnie Raitt's demolition gave everyone "Something to talk About" and Carlos Santana "Smooth"-ly brushed aside all comers. Last night though...no one was more deserving of the accolades and adulation. Those 8 awards will go up on a shelf somewhere alongside Ray's previous 12 awards. My hope is that there is a little room left on that shelf so Jamie Foxx will feel compelled to display his "soon to be" Best Actor Academy Award in its rightful place...
As an aside; the wife and I stared in wide-mouthed amazement as Jamie Foxx portrayed Ray Charles in the biopic "Ray". Although a brilliant performance, Foxx has to be criticized for being a tad "over the top". Ray Charles in person, on stage or vinyl was never over-the-top. He was always the most humblest and gracious sort.
With his last failing breaths, Mr. Ray Charles created a thing of beauty...truly one of his greatest accomplishments. Thank you Ray for all the gifts of you. But did Genius Loves Company" deserve all the accolades....?