Looking Forward to the Grammys, Part VI


Today we’re checking out the nominations for Best Rock Song. I can’t believe I’ve never heard any of these. I really am an out-of-touch old lady.

All My Favorite Songs by Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, and Ilsey Juber; performed by Weezer:

The Bandit by Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, and Nathan Followill; performed by Kings of Leon:

This one brought me to tears. The songwriter is the son of Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen, who passed away at age 65 on October 6, 2020, of a stroke, after a long battle with cancer. The video features home movie footage of the family at play, and the affection between father and son is so palpable. The song is dedicated to his father. Distance by Wolfgang Van Halen; performed by Mammoth WVH:

Find My Way by Sir Paul McCartney:

Waiting on a War by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffe, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear; performed by Foo Fighters:

I must be old. I don’t really care for most of these songs. They don’t move me.

I listened to the Bandit lyric video, hoping to mine some meaning from the words. It seems to be about ennui. I never heard of Kings of Leon before. They are talented. I like the song; I’m just not bowled over by it.

I have a great deal of respect for Paul McCartney. He is a genius and an incredible musician. It appears he did everything on Find My Way—the vocals, all the instrumentals (is that an electric harpsichord in there?), and the mixing. He deserves accolades—not everyone is as multi-faceted as he is. But it’s just not a great song.

I hope Distance wins the Grammy for Best Rock Song. It is the only song in the bunch that really connected with me emotionally. As a love song, it works on more than one level.

Now it’s your turn. Which of these songs is your pick for Best Rock Song, and why? Or is there another rock song that came out last year that you think would be the perfect choice? Please share in the comments below.

Have you seen the other parts of this series? Part I: Best Music VideoPart II: Song of the YearPart III: Best Global Music Performance, Part IV: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/ Song, and Part V: Best Dance/ Electronic Performance.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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