Recently, I have been becoming more and more obsessed with watching documentaries on Netflix. It began with historical films about Italian artists, then I watched everything made on the food industry and changed my lifestyle to a plant based diet. Now, its all about Jazz music. JAZZ, a film by Ken Burns is full of history, inspiration and is giving me a view into the past.
I wonder what I would be like if I were born in 1920, would I be a spit fire like Bessie Smith, or would I be an inspiration and open doors like Ethel Waters. Clearly I picture myself as being someone famous 😆
My father loves jazz music and introduced it to me at a very young age. I grew up listening to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughn, but i never took the time to learn about them. How did they grow up? Where did their passion for music begin? Learning their stories and seeing where they came from, makes these iconic legends human. You see their roads of discovery, failures and success led by their passion and love for music. It’s what drives them, and ultimately what made them into these iconic masters, and pillars of creative history.
Ken Burns is an amazing film maker too. I love his use of archival footage and images. I now know where the terms Ken Burns crop comes from. I use it when I create my speed edits in Final Cut Pro. Anywhoo… I just wanted to share this thought. Inspiration comes from everywhere, so check it out and hope you get inspired too: nflx.it/1x8dwkm