Maybe I’m the last to see it, but I just watched the Academy Award winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man this week. And my mind is completely blown. How is it possible that I (and most of you, too) NEVER HEARD of the incredible songwriter from Detroit called Rodriguez until this movie was made? And yet the people of South Africa revered him, knew him through his words. Rodriguez: Inner City Poet, Humanist, and Visionary. Thank you, people of South Africa. Thank you!
If you have not seen the film, please watch it. You’ll be glad you did. Trust me on this. I asked our Kerry about him, and her immediate reply was: "I know the words to every song he ever wrote. That story is 100% true for me and thousands like me. My kids sing along to his songs, as they've heard Cold Fact since birth."
Okay, so obviously you MUST watch the film. In the meantime, I note that Rodriguez is currently on tour in the United States; he has many sold-out dates on his current tour, including (close to me) the Beacon Theater in NYC and the Somerville Theater in Boston next week. As it should be.
See for yourself. Here is his August 2012 performance on the David Letterman show. As Letterman says, Rodriguez’s story is “jaw-droppingly fascinating” and “incomprehensible, but true.” A link to the lyrics for this song is posted below.
I am close to speechless about this, friends. Enjoy! As always, please write something new for this prompt, and I look forward to reading your poems.
The lyrics for "Crucify Your Mind" by Rodriguez, from the album Cold Fact, can be found HERE.