Monday, March 11, 2013

Sugarman's Blog about Rodriguez

Published below today at the following link on Sugarman's website:

Entry #:4175
Entry Date: 2013-03-09 18:37:22
Name:Joy Leftow
When did you first discover Rodriguez?: The movie Searching For Sugarman
Where are you from?: Washington Heights, NYC
Visitor Comments: This music and of course Rodriguez, who created it has so much meaning for me, and I cried while listening and reading the lyrics. The point of why he wasn't famous? Think about it. The 70's were Donovan, and Dylan singing these type songs, but neither of them could turn a phrase like Rodriguez, a poet through and through. A few examples to bring my point home:

I make 16 solid half hour friendships every evening
give a medal to replace the son of Mrs. Annie Johnson
I set sail in a teardrop and escaped beneath the doorsill


Genji taught Orion
Sea-purple harmony
While Kogi hit secrets into seashells
And even the ocean laughed
beneath that celestial canopy

Rodriguez is the only one to make poetry inside his lyrics in this manner except for myself of course, and I felt he is a kindred spirit.

I was so touched by the entire story and by his lyrics, I had to reach out to touch his burning embers because love comes in all colors.

Below is another great lyric quote from Rodriguez:

"I opened the window to listen to the news but all I heard was the establishment blues"  Rodriguez from This is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues.

Like myself, many people disliked Rodriguez's message because they felt his work was too sad. It took a long time, but Rodriguez has finally arrived world wide and like Rodriguez, I will find my South Africa too.