|Left - Grammy Legacy Lean On Me Concert, Right - with drummer Bernie Dresel|
|Melissa Ethridge and Aloe Blacc|
The highlight for me was Melissa Etheridge. She took to the stage in jeans and sneakers, hair flowing, with her guitar slung over her shoulder and pressed to her hip. She leaned into the mic and whispered, ‘Where’s Aloe Blacc… Aloe?’ Not a name I’ll forget anytime soon, Aloe joined her on stage and with a string quartet and drums they did a version of the Beatles song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. This is what music is about. This was the magic I was hoping for. Not a vocal after that whisper of an introduction from Ethridge. She didn't sing on this song, but with her effortless musicianship, she blew me away with her guitar shredding. She did return to close the show though and of course blew us all away again.
|Image by Jeff Knight Photography|
On stage I had the most wonderful time. Of course I was super excited, so quite ridiculous at times, and some moments I might not live down. But the overall feeling of support and joy still lingers - not to mention the request to have me back next year as emcee (and offers from several others to emcee their future events). Looks like I might have a sideline biz ready to explode!
|Left - Malynda Hale grabbing a pic with O-Town after the red carpet|
Right - Malcolm Jamal Warner and I from the stage
Don't forget to check back in a few days when I share my experience at the actual Grammys!! If you missed Pt 1 - click HERE. In the meantime, be sure and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
|At The Soiree - Images by Jeff Knight Photography|
(NOTE - you can hear recordings of several singles by Jody Quine at https://soundcloud.com/jodyquine. Enjoy!)