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learning to live together

Joe Cocker, the Space Captain, was so good to all of us.  Perhaps a premature passing, but the legacy that he leaves–the legacy that we are all appreciating couldn’t come at a more opportune time because of his message.  He was a kind of revolutionary whose actions and music brought all kinds of people–humans–together.  It seems appropriate in light of recent events for us to use the celebration of his life as a learning tool to feel alright with our lives.

Learn about the kind of impact he had in the music industry via “Twenty Feet From Stardom.”  Just watch “Twenty Feed From Stardom.”  It didn’t win the 2014 Academy Award Best Documentary Feature for nothing.
(Editor’s note: It could be my favorite doc ever.)

-j

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woman

“You make me proud to spell my name w-o-m-a-n”–Maya Angelou. Oprah used this quote to describe Beyonce in her one-on-one interview before the premier of Beyonce’s documentary “Life is but a Dream” on HBO. Beyonce uses her computer as a diary–she used three years of videos to construct this beautiful documentary. When she is lonely, confused, lost she speaks to her computer. We saw her reaction to her miscarriage, the first time she felt Blue Ivy kick, her love for Jay-Z, her shows, preparation, and a lot about her relationship with her family–she showed us, the viewers, just about everything. The film was raw but in an empowering way. When she was speaking with Oprah she said that she made the video for women–she really shows herself as a powerful woman who has flaws and missteps.

I think some documentaries about stars can be self-loathing or self-promoting. This was the opposite. She let her fans into her life in a humble and honest way in order to heal herself and help her fans. If you have HBO take the time to watch–I promise that you will not be disappointed. c. 

Interview.

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one love

Taken from the man’s very own website:

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

The documentary, directed by Kevin MacDonald, is now on demand and playing at selected theaters across the country.  Everyone should try to see it at some point.  He changed music.  Bob Marley was a man who has and posthumously continues to change many lives.  Who he was and what he believed in was revolutionary and yet so simple.  He believed in the beauty of life.

-j

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raise the roof

Here’s the official trailer to an interesting documentary about the guy who’s bringing the house (music) down.  Admit it, David Guetta produces beats that gets everyone’s heads bopping.  He has some pretty cool friends and travels the world, but struggled as an artist in the beginning of his career.  This film proves that he’s human just like the rest of us…except DeadMou5.

-j

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