One man's journey through six decades of music, guided by faith, charm, and optimism - the tale of a creative spirit persisting against all the odds.
This is the story of Gordon Thomas, an 87-year-old singer waiting for his big break. Gordon is a former big-band trombonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie, a born storyteller, and an artisan who makes all his own clothes with a needle and thread. His songs – catchy and simple, peculiar and personal – are a kind of musical folk art.
This in-depth character study tells Gordon’s life story and reveals the spiritual philosophies that have kept him going. The film explores the appeal of Gordon’s strange and wonderful music, including the testimonials of his fans such as musicians Gonzales and Mocky (producers/co-writers of the hit Feist album The Reminder) and pop musicologists Irwin Chusid and Citizen Kafka.
We follow Gordon as he sees his dreams come true, performing his music live for the first time ever and discovering the audience that he never knew he had.