As a big Arcade Fire fan, I couldn't be happier about what happened at the Grammy Awards last night. And it was impossible for the giant, baby-faced Win Butler to hide his pure happiness during the last song, his wife Regine Chassagne(when was the last time a thank-you speech was delivered in French?) hammering one of two drum kits behind him. There were some great performances last night: the cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was excellent—what a great arrangement for two guitars and vocals. Eminem brought the house down, so did Mick—and so did Dylan. I couldn't help but note that at midnight Eastern time, the #5 most popular Google search topic in the nation was "How old is Bob Dylan?"—but having seen him in concert in New Jersey a few weeks ago, I was up to speed on the controlled, weathered rasp that his voice has become. It was notable that he did "Maggie's Farm"— which happens to be the song he played at Newport when he "went electric," plugging into an amp and shocking the folk community to its core.
I swear, a new iPod playlist is en route. Two new releases to get you started: The new albums from Amos Lee and Teddy Thompson. Fantastic.
Last night was a nice diversion from the relentless news we've been covering. And now, tonight, in the wake of the Egypt turmoil, Iran is back in the news. We hope you can join us tonight—and happy Valentine's Day to all!