Singing from the heart, instead of from sheet music

A feast for the ears, and an education for the soul – the wonderful “Twenty Feet from Stardom” which I saw the other weekend in London.  It´s about some of the backing singers whose voices contributed to the best-loved sounds of the 20th / 21st century. Of special interest for the theme of my book – the difference between singing from sheet music, which is what their predecessors did, and singing from the heart.  I was moved to tears by “Lean on me”, sung by Darlene Love, Jo Lawry, Judith Hill and Lisa Fischer: I´d just been revising the chapter in my book which uses this song as a way of teaching all the chords in a given key.

We all need – to hear these wonderful voices.  May this film do for their careers what Buenva Vista social club did for so many wonderful Cuban musicians.