It started Thursday evening (Wednesday, if you count the debut of Yellow Belt). The spouse and I went to see Meshell Ndegeocello cover Nina Simone songs at Rams Head Onstage which was amazing. The next evening, we caught up with some great friends, and last night, we snuggled up and did one of our favorite things: order a movie with a side of popcorn and wine :-).
We ordered 20 Feet from Stardom, a documentary chronicling the careers of some of the most prominent back-up singers in music history. I highly recommend it. Not only is it great for any music lover to reminisce about this country's awesome musical history, but it is also a eye-opening journey into just how influential back up singers have been to music. Think about it. When singing along to our favorite songs, we usually belt out the chorus, which is more often than not a catchy tune sung by a nameless but exceptionally talented back up singer.
|Lisa Fischer, much less than 20 feet from Mick Jagger's stardom, hehe.|
The stories they told were fascinating. Traveling with huge recording stars, late night recording sessions, inspired cyphers, crooked producers, and wild parties. I watched with my jaw slack, completely in awe of all that they accomplished. However, despite my perception of their enormous success, they all yearned for more. They spoke of disappointment and regret at having never accomplished their ultimate dream to be solo artists. It reminded me of something Meshell Ndegeocello said at her concert Thursday night. She told the story of how Nina Simone was rejected from an elite musical school and resented it for years. Meshell chuckled, in that smooth way she does, and said, "I guess everyone has that thing that just fucks with them for the rest of their life." Everyone laughed. We all could relate.
|Darlene Love on the far right with Elvis and other background singers.|
|Claudia Lennear and David Bowie|
Love and Light,