Monday, November 02, 2009

On Being a Pop Vocal God

The Grammys are coming up early next year and the list of nominated CDs came out I don't know when. But what is funny as anything is that I have a CD that's been nominated for best pop vocal. I didn't find out until today. Yes, I've been anointed. I'm now a pop singing god. I don't know how this happened. It's a cosmic twist of fate. I'm right up there with Lily Allen and um...Barry Manilow. There are 220 CDs on the nominated list. Sometime in December, the Grammys will announce the final five. My chances of getting onto that final list are zero.

But still, I'll bask in the glow for the next few weeks. I'll put aside the fact that I don't really sing pop music. I'll work the pop music god angle to the hilt. The first thing I need is a new haircut. Maybe I should get some of that spray on tan stuff too. I definitely need to get some leather pants. And I need some groupies as well. Oh I forgot! I need an entourage. Man oh man, being a pop singing god comes with so many responsibilities!

Here's the funny thing about making it to the final five. Should it happen - and it won't - I have to pay for my tickets to attend. It costs something like 200 bucks a head. Then there is the limo. Then there are the new clothes. Then there are the jewels for my sweetie - maybe we can rent some from Harry Winston - and her dress and shoes. Dont forget airfare and a hotel down in LA. We're talking a 10K bill by the time all is said and done. Being a pop singing god is not only stressful, it's expensive as hell.

For what it's worth, here's my competition:

001. TOI-MÊME
The All-American Rejects
WHEN THE WORLD COMES
DOWN
002.
Lily Allen
003. IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU
Anjulie
004. ANJULIE
Aqualung
005. WORDS AND MUSIC
David Archuleta
006. DAVID ARCHULETA
Kit Dylan Arrieta
007. CRY ON CUE
Asa
008. ASHA
Ashford & Simpson
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: THE REAL
THING
009.
Dan Auerbach
010. KEEP IT HID
Burt Bacharach With The Sydney
Symphony Orchestra
LIVE @ THE SYDNEY OPERA
HOUSE
011.
Basia
012. IT'S THAT GIRL AGAIN
Basix
013. DIVERSITY
The Beautiful Ones
014. GRANDIO CITY
Bella Ciao
015. FESTIVUS ITALIANO
The Pete Best Band
016. HAYMANS GREEN
Diane Birch
017. BIBLE BELT
The Bird And The Bee
RAY GUNS ARE NOT JUST THE
FUTURE
018.
The Black Eyed Peas
019. THE E.N.D.
Ken Block
020. DRIFT
Stephanie J. Block
021. THIS PLACE I KNOW
Richie Booker
022. SHINE THE LIGHT
Neal E. Boyd
023. MY AMERICAN DREAM
Sarah Brightman
024. A WINTER SYMPHONY
Teresa Bright
025. TROPIC RHAPSODY
Olivia Broadfield
026. EYES WIDE OPEN
Buddhist Monks
027. LIVE MANTRA
The Cabriolets
028. DEMO
Colbie Caillat
029. BREAKTHROUGH
A Camp
030. COLONIA
Corrin Campbell
031. EXHIBIT A
Care Bears On Fire
032. GET OVER IT!
Cash Cash
033. TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR
Celtic Thunder
034. TAKE ME HOME
Celtic Woman & The High Kings
035. A CELTIC FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Lorissa Chapa
036. SELFISH
Chester French
037. LOVE THE FUTURE
Fred Christoffer Featuring Lindsay
Mazza
038. AMAZED
Peter Cincotti
039. EAST OF ANGEL TOWN
Kelly Clarkson
040. ALL I EVER WANTED
Cobra Starship
041. HOT MESS
Leonard Cohen
042. LIVE IN LONDON
Burt Conrad
043. HOME AT LAST
Corneille
044. THE BIRTH OF CORNELIUS
Chris Cornell
045. SCREAM
David Correy
046. URBAN ROCK ODDYSEY
Samantha Crain & The Midnight
Shivers
047. SONGS IN THE NIGHT
Dawes
048. NORTH HILLS
Kristinia DeBarge
049. EXPOSED
Gavin DeGraw
050. FREE
Dido
051. SAFE TRIP HOME
Joy Dion
052. JOY & PAIN
Division Kent
053. GRAVITY
James Domine
054. THROUGH YOUR WINDOW
Kelly Domino
055. HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS
The James Douglas Show
056. THE NEW BLACK
Jessica Drake
057. JESSICA DRAKE
Dream Street
058. DREAM STREET
The Duke & The King
059. NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY
Shane Dwight
060. GIMME BACK MY MONEY
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Elizabeth & The Catapult
061. TALLER CHILDREN
Enya
062. AND WINTER CAME...
Marianne Faithfull
063. EASY COME EASY GO
Troy Fernandez
064. RIDE TIME
Dan Ferrari
065. DON'T LET IT FALL
Fiction Family
066. FICTION FAMILY
Courtney Fortune
067. SPEAK LOVE
The Fray
068. THE FRAY
Gordon Free
069. SUPERCONSCIOUS
Melody Gardot
070. MY ONE AND ONLY THRILL
Gary Go
071. GARY GO
Gemma Genazzano
072. SI ME QUIERES/IF YOU LOVE ME
Tiffany Giardina
073. NO AVERAGE ANGEL
Gladstone
074. PAPER SKY
Grand Army
075. TOYS FOR CHAOS
Cristen Grey And The Moving
Dunes
076. 10,000 THINGS
Oksana Grigorieva
077. BEAUTIFUL HEARTACHE
Trevor Hall
078. TREVOR HALL
Daryl Hall & John Oates
079. LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR
Nichole Halleen & The Projects
NICHOLE HALLEEN & THE
PROJECTS
080.
Colin Hay
081. AMERICAN SUNSHINE
Imogen Heap
082. ELLIPSE
Anne Heaton
083. BLAZING RED
Matt Hires
084. TAKE US TO THE START
Hula Honeys
085. GIRL TALK
Hyim
086. SEX IN THE MORNING
Il Divo
087. THE PROMISE
The Inspirations
088. THEN AND NOW
Chris Isaak
089. MR. LUCKY
Marty Jabara
090. THE SOURCE
Jessie James
091. JESSIE JAMES
Michael Johns
092. HOLD BACK MY HEART
Craig Hella Johnson
093. THORNS ON THE ROSE
Jonas Brothers
LINES, VINES AND TRYING
TIMES
094.
Phoenix Jones
095. SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE
Tom Jones
096. 24 HOURS
Angela Kaset
UNDERNEATH A VINCENT VAN
GOGH SKY
097.
Keane
098. PERFECT SYMMETRY
Mat Kearney
099. CITY OF BLACK & WHITE
Sally Kellerman
100. SALLY
Keri-Lynn
101. NOTES ON A PIANO
Cheryl Keyes
102. LET ME TAKE YOU THERE
Bill LaBounty
103. BACK TO YOUR STAR
Lal Meri
104. LAL MERI
Terry Lauber And The Seattle
Sound
105. ACROSS THE SOUND
Ben Lee
106. THE REBIRTH OF VENUS
Ute Lemper & Various Artists
BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND
TOMORROW
107.
Andrew Lipke
108. MOTHERPEARL & DYNAMITE
The Little Ones
109. MORNING TIDE
Liverpool Dreams
110. JAMRUN
Lo Torc
111. GOTTA MAKE A MOVE
Crosby Loggins
112. TIME TO MOVE
Kevin Lucas Orchestra
113. GREEN AND BLUE
Luce
114. CORNER OF THE WORLD
Carolyn Malachi
REVENGE OF THE SMART
CHICKS II: AMBITIOUS GODS
115.
Barry Manilow
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE
EIGHTIES
116.
Debra Mann
117. HOME
Charlie Mars
118. LIKE A BIRD, LIKE A PLANE
Luba Mason
119. KRAZY LOVE
Matisyahu
120. LIGHT
Imelda May
121. LOVE TATTOO
Erin McCarley
122. LOVE, SAVE THE EMPTY
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Loreena McKennitt
123. A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM
Jon McLaughlin
124. OK NOW
Meg & Dia
125. HERE, HERE AND HERE
Ingrid Michaelson
126. EVERYBODY
Rhett Miller
127. RHETT MILLER
Jacqui Naylor
128. YOU DON'T KNOW JACQ
Nevada
129. OF THE WORLD…
Never Shout Never
130. THE SUMMER EP
Stevie Nicks
131. THE SOUNDSTAGE SESSIONS
Tatiana Nicole
132. TIME 3:16
Paolo Nutini
133. SUNNY SIDE UP
Dolores O'Riordan
134. NO BAGGAGE
Owl City
135. OCEAN EYES
Painted On Water
136. PAINTED ON WATER
Parachute
137. LOSING SLEEP
Pamela Payge
138. LOVE AND HATE
Kate Pazakis
139. UNZIPPED: LIVE AT THE ZIPPER
Avi Pearce
140. CIRCLE OF LIVES
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
141. ELVIS PERKINS IN DEARLAND
Elli Perry
THE SECRET TO SCALING A
MOUNTAIN
142.
Madeleine Peyroux
143. BARE BONES
Pink
144. FUNHOUSE
Pitbull
145. REBELUTION
Playing For Change
146. SONGS AROUND THE WORLD
Paul Potts
147. PASSIONE
Asha Puthli
148. LOST
Queen Latifah
149. PERSONA
John Rensink
150. JOHN RENSINK
Lionel Richie
151. JUST GO
Stuart Rosh And The Geniuses
152. FUNDAMENTAL
Professor RJ Ross
153. FACE TO FACE
Kevin Rudolf
154. IN THE CITY
Sam & Ruby
155. THE HERE AND THE NOW
Heather Schmid
156. THE GODDESS AWAITS
Kate Schutt
157. TELEPHONE GAME
Allison Scola
158. A BRAVER KIND
The Script
159. THE SCRIPT
Paul Seaforth
160. SOMETHING REAL
Seal
161. SOUL
Shakeys Brother
162. SHAKEYS BROTHER
Duncan Sheik
163. WHISPER HOUSE
Jason Shulman
164. BUDDHA-CLOUD
Terry Silverlight
165. COLLABORATIONS: VOLUME I
Terry Silverlight
166. COLLABORATIONS: VOLUME II
Terry Silverlight
SONGWRITER/PRODUCER:
VOLUME I
167.
Terry Silverlight
SONGWRITER/PRODUCER:
VOLUME II
168.
Single File
169. COMMON STRUGGLES
16 Frames
170. WHERE IT ENDS
Sly & Robbie
171. J PARADISE
Mindy Smith
172. STUPID LOVE
Phoebe Snow
173. LIVE
Jordin Sparks
174. BATTLEFIELD
Spatial Unity
175. KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET
Regina Spektor
176. FAR
Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs
177. UNDER THE COVERS VOL. 2
Swing Out Sister
178. BEAUTIFUL MESS
Taragirl
179. THE CITY: SOUL SUITE
James Taylor
180. OTHER COVERS
Anna Ternheim
181. LEAVING ON A MAYDAY
Rob Thomas
182. CRADLESONG
Arie Thompson
I’LL KNOW WHO YOU ARE WHEN
I SEE YOU AGAIN
183.
Glenn Tilbrook And The Fluffers
184. PANDEMONIUM ENSUES
Ashley Tisdale
185. GUILTY PLEASURE
Tino Tomas
186. STAY
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Tonemah
INK BLOTS & RANDOM
THOUGHTS
187.
The Uptown Band Featuring Erich
Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder
188. WAITING FOR HER
Utada
189. THIS IS THE ONE
Cindy Valentine
190. BLAME YOURSELF
Philip Vandermost
191. THE LONG PATH
Various Artists
BEN FOLDS PRESENTS:
UNIVERSITY A CAPPELLA!
192.
Various Artists
HIT MAN: DAVID FOSTER &
FRIENDS
193.
Various Artists
THE HOTEL CAFÉ
PRESENTS...WINTER SONGS
194.
Various Artists
LISTEN: A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR
OUR TIME
195.
(Nat King Cole &) Various Artists
196. RE:GENERATIONS
Various Artists
SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY
MAN
197.
Various Artists
198. WAR CHILD PRESENTS HEROES
Various Artists
WARDELL QUEZERGUE MUSIC
FOR CHILDREN, AGES 3 TO 103:
THE ST. AGNES SESSIONS
199.
Various Artists
200. WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
Kate Voegele
201. A FINE MESS
Ron C. Walters
AMANDA RUN - THE
SOUNDTRACK
202.
Sara Wasserman
203. SOLID GROUND
Kanye West
204. 808S & HEARTBREAK
Wet Cookies
205. SOUL PROTECTION
Brian Willoughby
206. BRIAN WILLOUGHBY
Wilson Hawk
207. THE ROAD
Ellen M. Wilson
208. SONGS OF ASCENT
Kip Winger
209. FROM THE MOON TO THE SUN
Anushka Wirasinha
210. BRAVE
Yale Alley Cats
211. GHOST OF A CHANCE
Rachael Yamagata
ELEPHANTS...TEETH SINKING
INTO HEART
212.
Yanni
213. VOICES
Yom Hadash
214. A NEW DAY
Bora Yoon
215. PHONATION
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
216. BREAK UP
Pete Yorn
217. BACK & FOURTH
Jenny Owen Youngs
218. TRANSMITTER FAILURE
Zap Mama
219. RECREATION
Zucchero
220. LIVE IN ITALY

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