2010 Grammy Nomination
"I got the news today, oh boy"... I am truly blessed that at an age when I could be expected to be nodding out in my rocking chair on the front porch with a pipe full of rememberances of former glory, I am instead at
my drawing board dreaming up my next attempt at making some really great art to illuminate the music I am listening to. It is very cool that the years of work Neil, my wife Jenice and I put into the packaging of Neil Young’s Archive, volume 1 is recognized by my peers as being worthy of a Grammy.
This year it is no less sweet to find myself nominated but uniquly so with my wife Jenice and Neil himself nominated with me. Not sure what I’ll wear but I’m pretty sure it won’t touch my first and second nomination outfits. Or will it?! I believe it’s reward enough to still be here doing what I love to do; making visual the music I so love. Hey, maybe four’s a charm.
My first Grammy nomination was in 1969 for ’s comedy album. It was understandably a big deal. When I was notified of the nomination I immediately went to the largest Hollywood movie costume house and rented a tuxedo made for Elvis Presley that had sequined lapels and sequined stripes down the trouser legs. Oh boy! The coolest thing was that it fit me like a glove. Yeah, me and Elvis!
My second nomination was in 1975 for Eagles, One Of These Nights and for this one I went back to the costume house and rented a black mariachi suit with silver conchos down the pants legs and a jacket with tons of silver chains and buttons. ¡Aye caramba! I was a sight to see.
My third nomination came in 1995 for the Neil Young and Pearl Jam album . Don’t let anyone kid you about “Just being nominated is award enough”. I wanted to win and thought “Hey, three’s a charm” right, right? Nope. I didn’t rent a fancy costume for this one but I do remember, albeit fuzzily, that night. Neil, his manager Elliot Roberts and I made a point of hitting every Grammy party we could find into the wee hours of the morning. Ah, youth.