I am going to get a lot of flack for this post. Go ahead. I’m ready.
So… recently I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful day with my best friend, her kids, and also catch an upcoming film. There were many exciting bonuses to this day as my best friend and I live nearly 100 miles apart and since she has a husband and 4 kids, and I have fulltime school, we don’t get to spend a lot of time together. Add to that the fact that as a capper on our day we got to take her girls to see their first movie screening! (Obviously not their first movie- they are 14, 12, and 11- but their first time seeing a movie before it opens) Heck, we even got to participate in the focus group after the movie!
But none of that explains my status as a convert.
I want to state that this post is probably unique for NerdLush- it’s not exactly nerdy. But I felt so strongly about the situation that I felt it warranted comment. Let me start by saying that I stopped listening to the radio at least a decade ago. Every station plays the same dozen songs. Which all sound the same anyways and thus why bother listening to more than one song anyways! So I turned off the radio and turned to CDs. And then MP3s. And I turned to my friends for recommendations. And to catching performances of opening bands when I go to see a friends band play. I even get some recommendations from my musician friends- I am, by no means, lacking in the music area. But it means that I don’t listen to who the general public has made popular. I have no idea what Justin Beiber or Lady Gaga sound like. I know the names from the gossip sites I peruse. (And sorry… Lady Gaga does nothing for me with her constant need for attention- i.e. the outfits- so I won’t make an effort to hear her stuff). So when I got the screening passes originally, and they had no information on what the film was other than that it was “musical”, I guessed it would be the Katy Perry movie I’d seen hinted at on my gossip sites. Obviously, I know who Katy Perry is. I’ve heard the Cobra Starship version of her “Kissed a Girl” song… but I was otherwise clueless…
I told the girls that if I fell asleep during the screening they needed to wake me up when the lights came up- I was there to spend time with them, not necessarily see the movie.
But I was wrong. Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” surprised me. It was an honest look at a year of touring and a look into her life- complete with the ups & downs. There was just the right mix of music- for the rockumentary aspect- and talking/history, to keep an audience entertained. On top of that- it was inspiring! I have no interest in ever being a musician/performer/etc, but the message wasn’t about that- the messages were “be who you are”, “follow your dreams”, and quite simple, “you can do it”, whatever “it” is.
I’m converted… picked up her albums when I got home. Couldn’t wait to listen to the lyrics and fit them into what I learned from the film.
The movie won’t be for everyone- I can’t see a lot of my friends going to see it. But it is a good film, I do recommend it, and it should be seen. I’d say that kids as young as 10 would be a good audience for it- boys & girls!- and that adults of all ages and genders, would be able to enjoy it. It was a simple film about a girl with a dream… but it’s worth a look.
I should also say, this is probably a passing fancy of mine- a summer fling, if you will. By fall I’ll be back to my usual unknown but still awesome bands. I’m OK with that.
(ps… if you haven’t heard it, take a listen to The Box, this was the song that caught both me and my bff)