Welcome Back Aretha! A live recording of Aretha's recording of her album 'Amazing Grace'.
We all know Aretha Franklin – if for no other reason, then for demanding R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The documentary Amazing Grace is not just a miracle in itself; a recording of her album of the same name, which lay buried for over 35 years, because the technology for synching sound and picture wasn't available, but also a testament to the incomparable power of music, when a master steps up to the pulpit.
I recommend watching the trailer without sound at first. Especially if you aren’t entirely convinced by ecstatic reviewers and promises of miracles. Watch the trailer of a music documentary in silence. In awe. Here you can see, in just a few moments what the music Aretha makes can mean. What a divinely inspired talent can do to other people. The jubilation. The overwhelming tears. The shock and joy, ecstasy, and pure bewilderment at being present within Aretha’s notes.
When you’ve done that, I suggest turning on the sound, closing your eyes and listening. Because Aretha Franklin takes her time. Every single word is lavished with attention, stretched out, and massaged by her incredible voice and mastery. The pauses in the music that make everyone listen – precisely the kind of pause you find in theater, music, litterature (I’m thinking of ellipses, hyphens, and enjambments) that gives the listener time to be in the experience, stretch the now and demand attention, funneling focus to the details. As I once said, quite indignant and in shock, “Art should not be forced”, after one of my friends had told me about The Beatles’ prolific output. This is something Aretha understands and proves in a single minute. Why the pause works. Before she and everyone in the church hall explode into dance, elation, and apparently even Mick Jagger.
Amazing Grace plays in Café Biografen, Cinemaxx, and Nordisk Films Biograf, where they are still working on updating the show times. Even though I’ve preached a bit about the virtue of patience, I think it’s still OK to speed-walk to any of these theaters to take in the miracle that has finally been caught on film.Link to the event