…Beyond the wealth of music included, this film is quite exceptional : this New Year's
Day, Liz McComb gave two sold-out performances at the most celebrated
concert space in Paris, the Olympia. That night, Liz McComb gave
two standing-room only performances at the most celebrated concert
space in Paris, the Olympia. That night, Liz Mc Comb turned it
into a temple full of love, a concert hall charged with the same
passionate desire of her ancestors for the equality of races.
To state that this concert was an act of generosity would be an
understatement, because Liz McComb's song is generosity itself.
The concerts were free, reserved only for the unemployed, the
homeless, the wretched of the earth, the most helpless of all
her sisters and brothers.
Most of those present understood nothing of the words, which made the music that much
more poignant. One senses a rare communion with an exceptional
audience throughout this live recording, the "chosen few
" truly participating, reacting immediately and not clapping
against the beat the way audiences do in fancy churches.
The Olympia has suddenly become a church : for the first time the most famous of European
concert halls vibrates to true gospel the way it is experienced
every Sunday on the other side of the Atlantic.
Liz McComb interpreted I'm Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
for all the immigrants in the world, followed by her famous
Time Is Now : time comes to a standstill, and one
wishes her singing would never end.
This film is the souvenir of an extraordinary concert that evokes
a time when music was for countless human beings the only expression
of life and liberty, sung in a way we would all like to sing.
This film, Liz McComb's first DVD, reveals to us her true personality
: more than a great gospel singer, she is an extremist of love
who dreams of sharing her nadveté with us.