BOULEBLOG GOES TO THE GRAMMYS WITH MASTERING ENGINEER, PRODUCER AND ARTIST EXTROIRDINAIRE, GARY TANIN!!!!

Gary Tanin hams it up at the Chicago Chapter Grammy Event. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Gary Tanin hams it up at the Chicago Chapter Grammy Event. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

I know you haven’t heard of the band I am about to reference unless you are located near Cincinnati.  That band is called The Psychodots.  When Adrian Belew joins them, they are The Bears.  Belew, Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser.  The wrote a song once called “Prarie Dog Town”.  I reference this band’s song because there is a line in the song that, when presented with the following subject matter, immediately popped into my mind: ‘We’re too hip to screw around’.

I like to think we are too hip to screw around.

My thinking is influenced by the fact that I have long been espousing the existence of one Gary Tanin.  Yeah, my best thing to ever happen to me studied Mr. Tanin in her Telecommunications courses in college (while I wasted my time in Business Administration with a Law minor, UGH, useless) but I knew of him as a contributor to the genesis of what became that computer program in your Mac called GarageBand.

Then there was his involvement in the career of long-time Todd Rundgren cohort Roger Powell.  Then there is his work with former BoDeans member Sammy Llanas.  Then there is his solo work on his own musical career, as well as the numerous artists to whom he has lent his magic ear.

I put on my Facebook page that I use to promote this blog, (https://www.facebook.com/groups/bouleblog/) that we only back winners on this site.  We stand by that, and in fact, we are now pleased to show our proof.  Dig in as we go to one of the satellite Grammy galas, this time in Chicago where Mr. Tanin rubbed elbows with a few high and mighty folks at this event.  This was one of the REAL events, unlike that sham of a show that captured the mindless of America, topped American televisions ratings and proved that most of America’s minds have turned to mush.

Check out the real deal…

A packed house full of Chicago music fans fill their own celebration of all things Grammy.  Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

A packed house full of Chicago music fans fill their own celebration of all things Grammy. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Many people don’t realize there are multiple Grammy events across the country, and they also don’t realize that there are awards given previous to the actual televised event.  There are National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York, The Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Texas and Washing D.C.  Our focus will be on the Chicago chapter, whose event Tanin attended.

There seems to be pretty good attendance at this event.  It shouldn’t be surprising as these satellite events tend to focus more on the music, more on the work, the result, as opposed to whose dress changed colors and who was on whose arm.  The real sacrifice, the honest efforts lesser-known musicians put forth to bring their earnest music to the populous.

Tanin and Chicago chapter Grammy event maven Jenna Goode.  Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Tanin and Chicago chapter Grammy event maven Jenna Goode. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Within each of the chapters listed above, there exists a small army of people working behind, in front, above and within the scenes to put on an event rival to the one on the broadcast, only on a smaller, more intimate scale.  Unafraid to celebrate those who don’t have millions in record sales, don’t have the luxury of being a household name.  But rather, to display the great unheard music of the local (in this case) Chicagoland talent. Homemade cuisine if you will.

Tanin shares cheers with Classical engineer and producer Rob Waller.  Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Tanin shares cheers with Classical engineer and producer Rob Waller. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

So next year, when your gaze is fixed on the media spectacle, ask yourself: ‘is there some act, somewhere, in one of these smaller, less-publicized local chapter events, that I might enjoy more than seeing these usual, same old, heard-them-on-the-radio-a-thousand-times performers, one who is eking it out unrecognized, that perhaps, I should be paying more time and attention to?’…  Odds are, there is!

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