Post by Thandie.
The divine Ms Fischer is one of the radiant stars in the brilliant documentary ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’, which is all set to win this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary (you read it here at ThandieKay!). The wisdom and grace falling from the mouths of the stars (‘backing singers’ Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Tata Vega, Judith Hill…) speaks volumes about the mercurial culture of celebrity. It’s jaw-dropping viewing, and an absolute must-see for anyone wanting to shine their light in the dark tunnel of show business.
Lisa Fischer’s depth, compassion and sensitivity combined with her sky splitting voice, blew my mind. I contacted her on Twitter and she agreed to share our Q and A with you.
Lisa regularly sings in Sting‘s band, tours with the Rolling Stones (Lisa sings the throat shredding solo in ‘Gimme Shelter’ – made famous by Merry Clayton who recorded the original – ooh lady there’s a scene in the film where you see Merry hear the playback to her solo while she remembers recording the song decades before; at 2am, wearing a fur coat, hair in curlers and in her last trimester of pregnancy!).
Make sure you see the movie (released on DVD and Blu Ray earlier this month), and revel in the awesome power of these artists- their voices and their journeys. As Merry Clayton says in the doc “Stay Cool, Stay Humble, Stay Beautiful.”
Watching my Mom in the bathroom styling her hair and applying her makeup which was very minimal (a black kohl eye pencil and red lipstick.)
What I loved about that was the time she took with just those 3 things, very focused and calm… in anticipation of my father coming home from work.
I take off my makeup and wash my face. It’s that moment when my skin is saying, “aaaaaah”!
My Mom would straighten and set her hair in curlers during the day, wash her face with ivory soap and then moisturize. I’m sure she had some lotions and potions but none that stick out in my mind. She was a natural beauty to me.
A delight! It’s my Zen when I make sure that I have enough time to enjoy it.
I’ll come in and lay out my things, light a candle, play some music and start the subtle transformation according to what the occasion is.
With a lingering look and a gentle smile. When my Dad would come home from work, my Mom was always beautiful and dinner would be ready. Mom would open the door and they would embrace and kiss.
Allowing someone at a hotel salon to wax my eyebrows and lip before a show…
I looked CRAZY! My skin was so unhappy… red and irritated. The poor woman put too much wax on the brow and I was left with a thin line of hair…Oh the horror… Note to self: NEVER wax your face on a show night.
A gentle cleanser
In a moving van on the way to a show that I was late for!
I would love to see more organic makeup lines that are competitive with the mass market.
It was years ago at an outdoor show. I was so green then, I didn’t realize that you could purchase waterproof mascara…
Now WATCH THE TRAILER!