“Street Boy, you’ve been out too long…” the lyrics to the song had barely registered in my mind when she threw up her hands and exclaimed “Wow, isn’t that just incredible!”.
We were both lounging on the couch in front of the television. I sat there with a small grin on my face brought about by her enthusiasm and a heavy heart, filled by thoughts of the film we had just watched together.
“The guy lost 30 years of his life, what do you think he felt?” I asked her.
She replied, “Yeah, well better late than never.”
One can’t argue with that, I thought. Still something about that movie, bothered me. It made me sad to think that there could be so many brilliant, talented people out there that despite putting in the effort, never receive the recognition due to them.
I said to her in almost a whisper, “How often have you heard the words – put in the effort, get going and do something, work hard and you will get rewarded for it. Fortune favours the brave and all..”
“Well here is a guy, who put in the effort, took that risk and put out not one but two amazing records. Everyone involved appreciated his music. Everyone thought he would be a huge success but then, nothing!”
“It makes me wonder, can success be so dependent on luck?” I asked with an almost naïve desperation, wanting so bad for it not to be true.
“I get what you’re saying, but he found success in the end, didn’t he?” she replied, as the next track began playing and we could hear the soulful streams of Sugar Man play in the background.
“Sugar man, won’t you hurry, cause I’m tired of these scenes. For a blue coin won’t you bring back all those colours to my dreams….” Rodriguez crooned in the background with such a unique sound that it made you feel his pain.
If you haven’t watched the movie “Searching for Sugar Man” I highly recommend you go watch it, not just for the story it covers and the questions it has raised in my mind, but also for the excellent music.