Recaps of last night’s Grammy Awards are as plentiful as crumbs and dog hair under my couch. Sorry for the disgusting visual. As usual, inspiration for a blog post strikes at the very moment I’ve decided to clean the house. Anyway, this post isn’t a recap of last night’s performances. It’s about Mumford and Sons, the amazing folk-rock band from the UK. I kid you not, I’m still reeling from their performance at last year’s Grammy Awards. In 2011.
But back to 2012. Since Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave” was nominated for best song of the year and best record of the year, we tuned in last night, hoping to see my boys take the stage. But alas, Adele cleaned up. I’m not bitter. She deserves those awards . . . killer voice, dramatic surgery on her vocal cords, but that’s another post.
In between getting some wild children to bed and unpacking from a ski trip, I only caught snippets of the performances. Unfortunately, I missed the Whitney Houston tribute, but what I particularly missed was that feeling of being kicked in the teeth by a knockout performance. Like when Mumford and Sons performed “The Cave” at the 2011 Grammys. If you haven’t seen this clip, be prepared for awesomeness.
As if that performance wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, Mumford and Sons went on to perform with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. For crying in the mashed potatoes. It was almost more than my poor heart could bear.
Lead singer Marcus Mumford isn’t just a purveyor of folk-rock excellence; he has literary leanings, too. In an interview with the London Evening Standard, Mumford said that nearly half of the songs on their Grammy-nominated album “Sigh No More” were inspired by authors. Steinbeck, Shakespeare, and Homer, for starters. Are you feeling twitterpated yet?
But wait. There’s more.
In their early days, Mumford and Sons took part in a campaign to save London’s struggling indie bookstores. AND Marcus Mumford runs a book club on the band’s blog. AND one of his top recommendations is one of my all-time favorite books, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Le sigh.
Sadly, I missed their concert in Denver last year. It sold out in the blink of an eye, but I got smart and “liked” them on Facebook, so hopefully that won’t happen again. While Denver isn’t on their docket for the foreseeable future, they are performing at Loch Ness in Scotland in June. What could be better than Marcus Mumford and a chance at spotting Nessie? I’m off to pack my bagpipes.