It Might Get Loud | Documentary with Three Guitar Legends
So I’ve been on a Netflix music documentary binge. I highly recommend the following: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ and ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’- a documentary about back-up singers and their influence on music. But the most life changing documentary would be ‘It Might Get Loud.” I love learning about other people’s songwriting process, whether musical or lyrical, and that’s why I enjoyed every second of this documentary. Of the three guitarist, I would be the least familiar with the sound of Jack White. Although I did find that I learned the most from him as he was the most open about his songwriting process.
To Jack, music is a struggle, “You have to pick a fight with the guitar,” he says. His view was artistically expressed in a scene where he’s talking about the history of the blues over footage of him playing in concert. He’s playing so hard, that his hands are bleeding all over the guitar. That would be the most memorable scene for me in the documentary. My favourite quote would be from the Edge, when he talks about noodling on the guitar all day and getting nothing. He says, “You end up feeling like an idiot”. LOL. I guess the process for all songwriters are the same in one way. We’re constantly searching for that moment when inspiration hits and we get our pay-off- that magical riff, melody, or lyric.
After watching this documentary, I went to my local music store to buy myself an electric guitar. This time, I decided not to do research and I followed the same procedure that the Edge used when he bought his first electric guitar in New York. I wanted to pick up a guitar and just know it’s the one. But in the end, after spending hours in the music store, I couldn’t leave with an electric guitar. It just didn’t feel right for me.
Instead I picked up an electric-accoustic guitar. A Yamaha APX500III in black. I got it because it felt like the ‘one’. It’s the perfect size for my small frame and it has an incredible sound to it. I came home and played it for two hours and out came a riff that I never knew I could produce. Who would of thought? It’s all thanks to this inspiring documentary where three guitar legends share their insights on music.