Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of DesireHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
In this feature length documentary, renowned director Gail Harvey follows Grammy Award Winning and Rolling Stones cover gracing singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones as she makes her first studio album in ten years. Jones reflects on aging, being a woman in the music industry and the amazing and complicated life she has lived.
The other side of desire
Some great insights into life
Learn about Rickie Lee’s past, present and future
This is a great artist portrait but especially if you are a fan. You get some isight into her past, childhood, family and how that influenced her. You also get to watch her work in the studio (and live) where she has the conviction to stick to her inspiration (classic RLJ) which I believe is where her magic in her music always comes from. In lesser hands and hearts the muse might be interpreted too loosely or too literally. I think the subtext of the film could be: we all have little unique things that distinguish us from the whole collective consciousness background and if you’re able to nourish those things you can discover who you are. With any luck other people will recognize and enjoy that. But even the Duchess can’t capture it alone and so it takes lots of maturity, respect and patience to see it through with others and faith that it will be ‘good enough’. I think she always captures much more of herself than most and she even speaks about taking a lifetime to learn how. The irony implied here is that the more of yourself that you give away, the more ‘conscious’ of yourself you become. I don’t even know what that means but it felt like a good thing to write after watching this. I’m not sure the director had any of that in mind but like photography or songwriting, a lot of the magic comes to light later, after the work is done. I bought the album a few weeks ago but have been waiting for the right time/place for a first listen through. I wondered if watching the film first was a mistake. I guess it doesn’t matter though, since all this has already happened before.
Like a fine wine.