Grammy Week - Mele Mei
Last year, I was privileged to join the board of Governors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, which is the organization responsible for the Grammy Awards. Being a Governor has been a special privilege. I sat on the Advocacy Committee, and was able to get involved and support the Academy as they fight for the rights of music creators in a world that has been rocked with change in the technological age. One of the ways the Academy thanks those who serve, is by hosting and throwing some of the most exquisite parties and events the week of the Grammy Awards.
It all started with a dedication ceremony and special concert for the Hawaiian music exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. First of all, the Grammy Museum is truly incredible. They currently are hosting a special exhibit featuring the Ramones. It was a brilliant display, showcasing instruments, clothing, and some epic stories about the historical impact the music made by the Ramones.
The dedication of the Hawaiian exhibit was breathtaking. The dedication featured a cultural and spiritual blessing by a Hawaiian elder, chanting and singing a blessing in their native tongue. You could hear a pin drop in that room. It was beautiful, and so very moving to witness. Following the dedication, we were invited to a private concert in the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum. The concert was called Mele Mei in LA and featured some of Hawaii’s best musicians, including newly crowned Grammy Winner Kalani Pe’a. Each performer was truly masterful in their craft, and it was a breathtaking show to witness in a perfectly sound treated room. One of my favorite moments was hearing Kalani sing “You Are So Beautiful” in both his native Hawaiin tongue, and smoothly transitioning to english. Never once did I feel I couldn’t understand what was being spoken.
We transitioned from the performances in the theater to a roof top celebration, filled with authentic Hawaiin food, and a brilliant hula performance. I could not imagine kicking off a week of celebrating music any better than this.
The next Grammy event we went to that night, The Producers & Engineers Wing celebration, deserves its own blog, and so it shall have its own spotlight!
Until next time, thanks for listening with your heart!