Whilst his speech contained the usual thank yous and nods of recognition, the former Nirvana drummer also had something to say about the importance of musicianship to the audience of the 54th Grammy awards held last night in LA:
“This is a great honour, 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…
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.
“It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”
How important is being able to play an instrument to you? Do you appreciate music more knowing the technique, dedication and hard work required to write and perform songs? Are you a digital performer or producer who feels that your skills and musicianmanship is all too often over looked?