Dear Mr. Rodriguez,
I understand you have many, many fans all over the world and likely get thousands and thousands of notes.
I am a loyal fan.
I was at the show you played on Tuesday, May 14, 2014 at the Chicago Theatre. I cheered the loudest.
Your incredible story played on the big screen at the Music Box Theatre, in Chicago. I loved the film, and I truly love you.
My family is here in Detroit and I am in town now. I see that you are across the world, where I have friends in Melbourne. I wish you safe travels. You sounded exactly like you do on your records.
I’m captivated by your incredible story and loving daughters.
Your show was the highlight of my week. Two days later, I lost my job. Two days after that my long-time boyfriend broke up with me. The following week I turned 49. Life – not cancer bad – just life.
I tell you this with the belief that my “fan note” will flicker across your computer screen and you’ll read that seeing you was – most obviously – not just the highlight of my week – but an experience that I relieve when I listen to your voice, from my computer, iPod and car stereo.
Thank you for your efforts that include safety for women – while you sing so beautifully and poetically about social justice.
Mr. Rodriguez, your voice needs to be heard.
As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I am actively engaged in “tikun olam” – repairing the world. I’m including a link to a 60-essay that I wrote and read for Holocaust Remembrance Day. I know you will understand:
Many thanks. I wish you continued good health and success.
I am going to keep track of your tours, with the sincere I hope I will be so lucky to shake your hand – and let you know that I intend to write about you.
Like you, I have important work to do. Educating children about these horrors, that, so astoundingly, continue in other countries.
When the last eye-witness to the Holocaust passes away in my generation – like my dad did, in almost good health, to 95 – it is on me to be their voice, of those who perished.
I look forward to meeting you. I know the line is long. It’s okay. I can wait. I am patient. Like you.
Cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to London in 2015 to make his Royal Albert Halldebut in a special show on 7 May 2015.
Rodriguez’s rise to international fame is perhaps one of the most fascinating stories in music. After the release of two little-sold albums in the early 1970s, Rodriguez’s work became hugely successful in South Africa, Australia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, unbeknownst to him.
Years later a group of loyal South African fans attempted to make contact with their hero; their successful efforts and Rodriguez’s intriguing life story were retold in the 2012 documentary film Searching for Sugar Man. The feature won in the Best Documentary categories at the 2013 BAFTA and Academy Awards and has brought Rodriguez’s music belated international fame and acclaim.
VIDEO: I Wonder from Searching for Sugar Man. Originally on Rodriguez’s debut album Cold Fact
This 2015 show will be Rodriguez’s first performance at London’s most iconic venue and follows sell-out concerts at prestigious venues around the world.
Tickets for Rodriguez at the Royal Albert Hall go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1 October 2014 and will be available via www.royalalberthall.com or by calling the Box Office on 020 7589 8212.