"And I was booked once to go on 'Ed Sullivan' and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying." ~ Aretha Franklin
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~ Bob Marley
"If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time." ~ Janis Joplin
"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." ~ John Lennon
Listen. See. Feel. Aretha's soulful, iconic gospel strains. The tug of Bob's reggae beat (ya mon). The gritty tears of Janis' blues rock. Your private wishes and dreams echoed in John's ballads. It is the spark that ignites verve and vigor, presented by someone with the courage to show a unique, human quality. It is imperfection not polish – it is boldness not braggartry – struggle not entitlement and speaks of challenge; not complacency. It is the difference between "a one and only" and "just another".
They break through with passion, truth and vision. And yes; frailty. Real people with real cracks. Perhaps within their magic lies the reason why others who fall prey to shallow phrases and tawdry acts flounder in the weeds. Because we have seen real and cannot be denied.
We all speak to a savvy audience. They hear, see and feel the heart behind sounds, pictures and words.
Especially when it's missing.