The Pandemic Shoved Me Off the Stage. Then Aretha Franklin Opened My Eyes
When Live Theater Went Dark, an Actor Sought Comfort and Found Grace Instead
The other day I was watching the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, which was filmed while she was recording her album of the same name at church in downtown L.A. in 1972. The movie’s climax comes when 29-year-old Aretha performs her rendition of the title track, “Amazing Grace.” As soon as she started singing, I started weeping. By the time she got to the line “Was blind, but now I see,” I was experiencing full body chills.
I couldn’t stop crying. God, I prayed, I need a break, I need a …