If you don’t know the back story, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa to find musicians that were unknown in the United States and brought them into the studio to collaborate and record music in a way that had never been done before. This was during the Apartheid and he traveled there, despite an international artist boycott, simply because he believed that art and music transcended politics.
Most of the artists didn’t even know who Paul Simon was at the time. When some of his most famous songs were played one artist’s response was, “Doesn’t ring a bell.” But, despite not knowing him or his music, the artists from two worlds came into the studio sessions simply because they loved making music. The movie shows the joy of these artists from disparate backgrounds playing, experimenting and just laughing, jamming and dancing, sometimes even bringing their families into the studio! They found beauty in their hearts and turned it into music. Making music they were totally free.
One artist, who did know Paul’s music and celebrity before they got together, shared years later, “He (Paul) is my brother. I think of him every day.” Together they recorded one of the most famous albums of all time. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s a must see! You’ll never hear Graceland the same way again. It’s no wonder that Oprah, in an on-screen interview in the film, calls it her favorite recording.
The birth of Graceland reminds Certified Legal Nurse Consultants that no matter our age, sex, experience, success level or politics, we are all are sisters and brothers. We are one body. We have one goal and we speak the universal language of legal nurse consulting. And when we do, we are free. This week let’s celebrate our independence.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment and share your favorite songs from Graceland.