Lunch Drawing #32: Yellow Bird at a Carnival of Last Chances

Lunch Drawing #32 Yellow Bird at a Carnival of Last Chances

Not long ago I watched the documentary, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which chronicled the careers, fates, and unrealized dreams of the amazing women who gave rock and roll its most defining sounds, from Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” to Merry Clayton’s bewitching and hair-raising turn in “Gimme Shelter” which, for me, was the bell tolling for the 1960’s and the generation of love. After that, it was Nixon’s America.

This film is an invaluable document that draws the line between a performer and a singer, as well as the razor-thin line between success and failure, and damned little of it has much to do with talent, and everything to do with desire and the vagaries of chance.

This is a funny word. . .”chance.”

My father used to tell me that gambling had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with chance. After seeing this remarkable film, I now know what he means.

Watching Lisa Fischer coax the sound of a Sting song out of the ether and her own spiritual connection to sound, I realize she is a truly spiritual conduit to every sound she has ever heard, and can channel them at will. She is an artist. Sting is a performer and, taking nothing away from him, he IS talented. But Ms. Fischer is the keeper of a gift, and to watch her sing in this film is astonishing. There are not words that adequately define her instrument.

Sting is a star, but the thing I remember about him is that his songs function as a vessel for towering voice of Lisa Fischer.

This one is for her, and all of those remarkable women.

Published in: on January 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

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