The Magic of Muscle Shoals

When you think of the music headquarters in the South, Nashville is sure to come to mind – but don’t think that’s the only place good music comes from! A quaint little area of North Alabama is home to FAME Studios, thought by many to serve as the center of jazz, and the focus of the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound.     With testimonials from icons like Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Alicia Keys (to name just a few), Muscle [... more]

Musical Medicine

Nearly everyone has a personal connection to music, or loved ones with memory loss, or both. The stunning documentary, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” tells the story of how music can inspire memory gain and restore spirits in the elderly community. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights to demonstrate music’s powerful ability to connect with people and improve memory and lives more so than modern medicine has been able to do [... more]

The History of Sound City

I’m not a giant documentary watcher, with one big exception: music documentaries. From an early age, I’ve been fascinated with music and the goings-on that take place in the creation, staging, and performance of music. Sound City tracks the history of a serendipitous recording studio in Van Nuys, CA, that produced some of the greatest albums of all time from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and Nirvana. As you watch this documentary, you can’t help but get caught up in the aura. After viewing, I immediately [... more]