A lot of documentaries seem to begin with the filmmakers attaching themselves to a subject, or subjectifying themselves through the process, and then chronicling that relationship to the benefit of the film, a perfectly viable and effective style of filmmaking. However, as Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary was coming together, the project ceased to be about our filmmaking journey and became something bigger, greater, a philosophy if you will. It was apparent that it was about millions of journeys... journeys intimately connected to a little instrument of metal, wood, plastic and most important, breath. Abstract, sure, but it's built on breath, emotional breath and that is why, in our humble opinion, it has worked in so many different styles, hands, mouths and hearts.
As we conducted interviews for the film, we heard over and over from the people we interviewed that they did not find the harmonica; rather, the harmonica found them. The same holds true for the making of our film. We did not start off making a documentary. The story of the harmonica found us. A common theme we discovered as we met people all over the world is that the harmonica is different from drums, guitar, piano—the harmonica is unique, extraordinary, even holy. This small instrument has made a connection with those who play it. You may not have heard of many, if any, of these artists in the film or on the CD, but we have a feeling they've rocked, rolled, soothed, freaked, amazed, grooved, and generally provided a helluva good time to a large number of people over the years. And that is what is at the heart of the film and CD... good times, music, general stuff for the soul.
In addition, thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way... those who took time to be interviewed for the film, who donated rights to their music, photos and footage, who wrote about our story, who supported us financially, who gave us a ride, who showed up with extra cameras, and who helped in so many other ways. You know who you are. A special thank you to the talented musicians and harmonica greats who contributed to the CD. And, of course, we are forever grateful to the musician who gave our film a voice, our friend Huey Lewis.
To everyone who has joined our adventure, thanks for your continued support.
Marc Lempert Todd Slobin
Director, Pocket Full of Soul Producer, Pocket Full of Soul