MMT Quick Review of PARALLEL LOVE by guest contributor Samantha Hollins

Parallel Love is an excellent tribute to a Rock band called Luxury from a small town in Georgia (a band that I sincerely wish I heard about). It feels like I should have seen videos on MTV & VH1…with appearances on the Tonight Show & daytime television…with appearances on shows like Dawson’s Creek. I am a huge fan after witnessing the hardcore poetry of a band that should have been a household name. Film-maker Matt Hinton chronicled Luxury’s story delicately with an abundance of heart and soul. I felt emotional in moments of despair and triumphant along with their moments of empowerment.

Although fame and popularity are not the pot of gold that Luxury garnered over the years, their story is truly rich with wondrous history that unfolds intriguingly in this film. I had no idea that a story about a rock band of 90’s past would tug at my heart so strongly. I wanted to know more, and I still feel like I need to know what’s happening with the band now.

I have so many thoughts rushing through my mind that questions why Luxury did not blow up? This story needed to be told. It has the strength to make us look at how we view politics surrounded around being a recording artist, that does not buy into hype and stays true to the craft. 

The notion of being signed to a Christian record label, and not being religious at the time, makes me ponder if it is possible that a calling was there long ago, and they just didn’t realize it. The serendipity of it all challenges the psyche to really dissect the true meaning of fate and faith. A full circle, taking them from their young free-spirited days to reuniting later in life, glued the whole journey together. 

So many personal stories in between collective stories that could have hindered their career, could have very much been a breakthrough as well. Since time has a way of doing its own thing, it dawned on me that this may be the breakout moment. Me watching this phenomenal film and writing about it, alongside many others is allowing us to finally celebrate the Rock legacy of Luxury!

So many bands come and go without a word of their historic contributions. But something tells me, even with the spotlight on their Rock-Star days, that Luxury’s true success is based on a bigger calling.

5 out of 5 beats on the MMTrometer.

Samantha Hollins, aka Ghetto SongBird, is a multi-talented Rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, poet/writer, photographer and all around creative soul who passionately enjoys sharing her positive artistic energy and harmonic vibes. You can follow her group The Culture Rock Griot on Facebook and get additional information at her site

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