Master Richard, too, used to rant about the Grammy Awards. He did not believe that the classical music portion was going to be paid proper attention to, and, accordingly, he created The Lennys: The Leonard Samuels Awards for Excellence in Classical Music. Leonard Samuels, for those of you who were wondering, was the bushily-bearded Merlin-in-residence of the Cleveland Orchestra's first-violin section; until his death in August 1995, a week prior to his retirement, Master Richard occasionally wrote Leonard letters about anything and everything he could think of that was closely related to the classical music community.
Alas, despite thinking out the project and developing it in detail, Master Richard never followed through with his plans for the Lenny Awards. Damn! The idea would have been nice, though, if the Cleveland Orchestra had bothered to support it. But I guess one cannot expect everything, huh? Ah, me.
Anyway, tune to the damn awards if you want to. The same ol' boring musical artists you'll probably destroy your ears over on your damn bloody iPod will be out there. God, snoozefest awards shows drive this old Wizard up the wall!