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20 Feet from Stardom was one of the highlight movie moments for me in 2013, and people are now talking about its message and impact.This was a powerful film, because of the ways in which it raised the focus on other aspects of the music making, from the vantage point of supportive roles. It begs the question about the place our emphasis, and the cost of that, as we may loose out on the way this secondary roles are many times more important in the way the allow the lead to emerge as a flower of a well connected whole.
This was a film about the role of background singers, mostly women, that provide an essential component to the sound and the success of any great record. I thought too the success of this was the balance between being informative, and being reflective, being a historical document, and yet being a contemporary critique of industry and market taste practices, making us all appreciate the totality of what music making and record making entails, and that these are human tales and processes, and extraordinary talent and perseverance.
This was a movie that gave much from all sides. Lias Fischer, was my favorite because there was something about her vulnerability that spoke of
the ambivalence of being, a star, and yet shows the complete dedication of hard working artists. Essays of Note this week focuses on the work of Black composer, Florence Price.
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