Twenty Feet from Stardom, my friend Fred kept telling me you have to watch this film, you just have to. Rick and I watched it tonight. Fred was right. It is about several back-up singers that truly made the music starting in the sixties.
Listening to the songs that these singers made, and they did make them was amazing. I can promise you that many of your favorites would not have been the same if not for the back-up vocalists.
We will be buying a copy of Twenty Feet from Stardom. I loved it because I am a singer and like most of the back ground singers in the film, I started singing in church. I am no where as good as these singers, but I can identify with them on many levels. I have always had a strong powerful voice, and many times in my life I have been told I needed to sing the way I looked... small and thin.
Singing in a Pentecostal church, you learned to sing from the depths of your soul, the bottom of your heart. You learned to make a joyful noise and to wail when your heart was broken. This is what I know, when I sing, it is the most incredible joy, it is being in the now and present and no place else exists.
I sing in my car driving home from work and I put as much into it as I would on stage in front of a crowd.
Twenty Feet from Stardom tells the story, it is not all joy, but neither is it all sad, it is just life, 20 feet away from being a star.