Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Once In a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher - Documentary Review


I love Oasis. I have since I was a teenager and way into my "Isn't everything that is even remotely British the best thing ever?" phase. Which may or may not, every so often, revive itself to this day. Well, even though the British thing may have been what made me take notice, it was the music that made me stay. That and my crush on Liam Gallagher. Now THAT does not ever revive itself. In fact, as I've gotten older, I realized that, due to my infatuation with one Gallagher brother, I may slightly overlooked and underrated the talent of the other. Not any more, though. I happen to think Noel Gallagher is quite brilliant. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I went to my Netflix and saw Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher.

First things first, I am calling this a documentary, though I think it may actually be a series on Netflix, since I've seen ones with other artists. But we're labeling it a doc. Anyway, what we get to see here is exactly what I love. We get some great performances by Noel as he revisits some of his most beloved songs. Yes, I may have sung along a few times. Don't judge me.

However, as much as I love the music, I love the stories even more. See, all the singing is intermingled with a lot of talking. That is more than fine with me. We get to hear about how these songs came to be and what was happening for Noel at the time they were written or when they became popular. He can tell a good anecdote, I must say. And to hear his feelings about all that music he created and how people reacted to it was very interesting. He also talks about his own influences as a musician, something I always enjoy hearing from artists. Noel just happens to have a lot of great stories in him, which he can tell through songs or just through an interview. Either way, they are engaging.

A couple of things he said really caught my attention. One was that he could never really predict the hits. Many times, the songs he thought the people would love would be largely overlooked and the songs he didn't think too much of ended up being successful. He also talked about B-sides, which is a thing that used to be a thing when we had CD singles. Those songs turned out to be almost little treasures that fans could hold on to. They were something special that you really had to go out of your way to find. As someone who always seeks out things like that, I appreciated these comments. It almost makes fans like me seem really special ourselves.

The bottom line is that I have always loved anything that goes behind the scenes with artists. In short, I really enjoyed watching this. Being such a long time fan of Oasis and Noel Gallagher, there was a touch of nostalgia to all of this. Just as Noel had memories of all the songs he has written, so do I. So do a lot of the fans, I would imagine. Therefore, anyone who loves the music that this man has made over the years should take a look at this.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

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