Thursday, April 21, 2011

"All I Could Do Was Cry"

This past weekend in Vegas I was interviewing people in my company for "Employee Spotlights" in an attempt to find out some interesting details about their personalities.

One of the questions was, "What movie could you watch over and over and over again and still love?"

There are so many films that come to mind when I try to answer this question ...  Amélie, Dirty Dancing, Dr. Zhivago, Three Amigos ... But one film that I absolutely can't live without is Cadillac Records.

It may not have been a box office hit, but I am still ... to this day ... completely blown away by the performances given by Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Eamonn Walker and Beyonce as they try to recreate the lives of Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and Leonard Chess.

I understand ... it may be a stretch to think you could actually like something that Beyonce has done musically. But I would encourage you to watch this clip from Cadillac Records where she portrays Etta James, auditioning for Leonard Chess and a shot to be with Chess Records in 1960.

Her voice is so powerful, and in some ways, I think she knocks this song out of the park even better than Etta did herself. Almost brings tears to your eyes!

And then there is Eamonn Walker ... or "Howlin' Wolf" reincarnated. This performance is so good, I've probably watched it 100 times.  He actually scares me AND gives me goosebumps at the same time. If you haven't seen the entire film, I would strongly encourage you to do so. It's an absolute MUST for any Rockabilly gal who has a love for our musical roots. :)

1 comment:

  1. Damn Beyonce. So you really can sing huh?