I just returned from Santa Fe. The High Desert air always does me good.
Each visit brings new and lasting memories and this trip was no exception. The weather was gorgeous and I got to spend lots of time outside. I had the good fortune to spend the weekend with my brother who had all kinds of fun music recommendations, but far and away my favorite tidbit he shared was the documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, which was so great that two days later I am still thinking about it. I adore the voices; the music, and it is at once life affirming and heartbreaking. It is the story of the backup singers to all of the musical giants since the 60s. There are many layers to that movie. Hopefully it will win an Oscar. Many scenes stick with me from the film, but I was riveted by Merry Clayton’s description of how she came to sing “Gimme Shelter” with the Rolling Stones. That is my favorite Rolling Stones song (or at least high top five), and she absolutely makes the song what it is.