Ben Lee Ripens In New Documentary
Ben Lee is the topic for an upcoming documentary filmed by his friend Amiel Courtin-Wilson, entitled "Ben Lee: Catch My Disease".
The film has taken seven years to make, which lends an interesting dynamic to the usual celebrity-exploration engaged in by entertainment engines. Given that Ben is now 29, this means that he would occasionally feature in the documentary at the age of 22; some time after his debut as Noise Addict prodigy; but well before the feel-good storm which gripped the imaginations of musical fans worldwide in his highly-popular 2005 hit, "Catch My Disease".
It's therefore not only intimate (Ben says that Amiel "interviewed everyone I've ever known, played with, and slept with!"), but likely to also appeal to a sense of historical voyeurism. Audiences will gain not only a glimpse into the personality, influences and private life of the artist, but will also see him from a perspective not appreciated by Ben himself at filming - a future audience looking on a subject both now and in the past.
The release of the documentary follows Ben's latest contribution to the Australian music scene - the album "Ripe" - which he released in July 2007. It contains a well-received collection of feel-good rock typical of Ben's well-aired passions and strengths, and features a performances with Mandy Moore.
The tracks also contain quirky stories behind the titles and lyrics. For example, Ben attributes the single "Just Say Yes" to a story he heard about how John Lennon first knew that he was in love with Yoko Ono (apparently he found the word "Yes!" in tiny letters behind a magnifying glass at Yoko's art exhibition).
Likewise, of the song "Blush", Ben states "I always seem to write about sex when I'm in India and supposed to be meditating. Sex and prayer seem very connected to me. There is a fair amount of sex on this album I suppose. I'm 29. I guess that's what I should be writing about"
Of his album's title song, Ben states "It's all about timing. There is a right moment for everything. It's wild to think about how much unnecessary suffering I've put myself through cause of bad timing. I'm learning to be patient, but then to grab an opportunity, without a second thought, once the door opens. I've waiting a long time, and in many ways, I feel ripe. Ready to be the person I'm meant to be."
In any event, with both a documentary and a living display of delicious music reflecting the kind of artist Ben is, his efforts are bearing fruit. And for us, sipping the juice is just as refreshing and sweet, as Ben's process in making it evidently was.