So I finally got to see that Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" last night. I loved it, as I pretty much expected I would. It drew me in, it made me cry, and above all, made me want to sing.
It also made me realize that I've been getting disconnected from what singing's all about--the REASON for singing in the first place, that sheer joy of the meeting of voice and song. The incredible power and subtlety of this means of communication. When you're trying so hard to get out there and do the work of being a musician (whatever that means these days), you get caught up in the hustle and you easily, so easily forget this. I know I'm not the only one.
I loved this quote from Stevie Wonder towards the end of the film. I got goosebumps because I felt like he was talking straight at me. And he said it in such a straightforward way--it wasn't all rah-rah-phoney-enthusiasm. It was a simple, real directive: this is how you do it right. I'm going to try my damnedest to remember this advice, and put it into practice every single time I get up to sing.