At the movies

Rae Spoon“Gender is stupid.”

That’s  the best line from My Prairie Home, a documentary about transgender folk singer Rae Spoon.

My Prairie Home is part movie, part music video.  Haunting.  Beautiful.  Brilliant.

Spoon tells about growing up different in a conservative household ruled by a parent with mental illness.

I especially enjoyed the way Spoon tackles complex issues using simple lyrics.

Here are the lyrics to one song that I really liked:

Sunday Dress

When I was a little girl. I thought I had to hold up the world. Singing “Hallelujah” in the choir to keep my feet out of the fire.

My prairie home. My prairie home. My prairie home. Fits like a Sunday dress.

When I was fourteen the devil came for me. Showed me hell could be pretty. I had a poster at the end of my bed. Kurt Cobain in a wedding dress.

My prairie home. My prairie home. My prairie home. Fits like a Sunday dress.

Shaved my head and did my best. Tried to stand tall with whiskey on my breath. I sure wish I was a man. I would never go to church again.

My prairie home. My prairie home. My prairie home. Fits like a Sunday dress.

So, yeah, I would highly recommend My Prairie Home.  We watched it through iTunes for $4.99.

Rock on, Rae Spoon.

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What’s the last movie you saw?  Would you recommend it?

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9 responses to “At the movies

  1. I have surrendered to the dark side … I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, but then I had to revisit the past to gain context before I engaged with the present, and then there was the death in the family that unashamedly piqued my interest, also, Michelle Rodriguez. Finished #4 last night.
    What did I just watch, and where will it end?
    😀

  2. Just went to see Clouds of Sils Maria – has some lesbian subtext but no sex/physicality – more about becoming a middle aged woman than sexuality. A rare movie in which all the main characters are complex women. Great acting, straight forward plot, held my interest to the end.

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