Last night I watched the fantastic, Oscar winning, British documentary film “AMY” with my 4 week old son.
An awful lot has been written about the film, which tells the tragic story of singer Amy Winehouse. In particular following the Oscar win I have been especially interested in the reaction of her father Mitch to the film’s portrayal of his daughter* (http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/01/amy-winehouse-father-amy-director-asif-kapadia-oscar-win).
I won’t go into a blow by blow review of the film here as there are plenty out there if you google it, I will just say go watch it if you can (it is currently available free on Channel 4’s All 4 player – http://apps.channel4.com/app/4od/#computer)
Watching with a half awake, half asleep 4 week old, aside from the tragedy of the story, the thing that really stood out was how amazing Amy Winehouse’s voice was – and more interestingly – how much my son seemed to like it. Something about the rich, emotive delivery seemed to really catch his attention, as every time there was a sustained period of singing he not only stopped his wriggling, but seemed to really be concentrating and paying attention.
It could of course be a coincidence, but I like to think it is another sign of my son’s burgeoning music taste, perhaps I have a jazz aficionado on my hands?! Watch this space…
For more on my attempts to get my baby to like music, check out my previous blogs below:
The Beatles for Babies: https://tireddaddyuk.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/day-15-the-beatles-for-babies/
*As a side note, the film does throw up some very interesting thoughts regarding the role of fathers… perhaps something I will consider further in a future blog