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Gary

climber
From the City That Dreams
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 10, 2011 - 10:04pm PT
"We're talking about the life of a human being."

Howlin' Wolf lectures Son House on the blues.


When your anchor fails on a factor two fall, you sure enough got the blues.
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
Credit: Donald Thompson
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:12pm PT
The BLUES are what I got for Christmas.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
Here's Buddy Guy showing the benefits of having Muddy Waters threatening him if he got it wrong when he was young:

http://youtu.be/8GAo0KXRgm8
Gary

climber
From the City That Dreams
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2011 - 09:01am PT
Buddy's Blues Singer CD is terrific.

Here's a bluesman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-GN-BP_Qlk
Hankster

Social climber
Boulder
Nov 11, 2011 - 09:02am PT
"the blues is just a good man feeling down"
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 11, 2011 - 09:14am PT
I posted this on another thread a few moments ago,
but it fits well here also.

:)



Locker SINGS the BLUES

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Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 11, 2011 - 11:34am PT
"The Blues is a feelin',
Saddest feelin' I ever known"
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Nov 11, 2011 - 11:45am PT
da blues,, a twelve bar progression invented in the mississippi delta region...
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 11, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
Screaming jay Hawkins had the "constipation blues"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hks_t-HzSc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Nov 11, 2011 - 12:41pm PT
Da Blues, what Led Zeppelin did sooooo well.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 11, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Jake and Elwood.

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Missing photo ID#224575
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 11, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
"Lady Sings The Blues" Billie Holiday
"Black Peter" Grateful Dead
"Born Under a Bad Sign" Albert King. Covered by Hendrix, Clapton, Rita Coolidge
"Can't Find My Way Back Home" Blind Faith
"Cry Baby" by Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters, covered by Janis
"House of the Rising Sun" unknown. 16 year old Georgia Turner was recorded by Alan Lomax in 1937. Covered by Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Animals, Mark O'Conner-a really evocative violin piece.
crøtch

climber
Nov 11, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
Blue camalots for 150 feet
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Missing photo ID#224562
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 11, 2011 - 02:19pm PT
Studying schoolwork at home on a rainy Remembrance Day.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 11, 2011 - 02:20pm PT
Shouldn't it be "what are the blues"?
Gary

climber
From the City That Dreams
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
Shouldn't it be "what are the blues"?

No. I reference Howlin' Wolf. He knows.

When you run out of blue camalots and you got another 50 feet to go, you got the blues.
wack-N-dangle

Gym climber
the ground up
Nov 13, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
Human hixtory unknown, call and response, gospel, chain gangs. blues. Maybe when you have the blues too long it makes you want to holler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FevK4QQaoFs

Never really felt it, but a bit in the soul, makes me glad to be human and give thanks for their works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYSFEfeC3Ro
wack-N-dangle

Gym climber
the ground up
Nov 13, 2011 - 08:30pm PT
mmmmmmmmmmm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlu_ufYCMBg

"I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out."



"I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked."
Jimi Hendrix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h2ywNdG45I


Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 14, 2011 - 08:20pm PT
Regardless of what a full grown man chews on, this spells it out:

http://youtu.be/wqhQROOKkoU
Gary

climber
From the City That Dreams
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
When your 40 feet above your last bolt, and you're shaking like a dog shittin' peach pits thinking about that 80 feet of the cheese grating you're about to get, you sho' enuff got the blues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyIquE0izAg
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 20, 2011 - 10:18pm PT
When I was a teenager a friend disparaged a blues note as sort of lame, according to his Dad. I think this was a misunderstanding:

http://youtu.be/h8M_3JTwtPg
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
Nov 21, 2011 - 06:43am PT
In the blues you got the D...
Then you got E
Then back to D
And then you got your A
And then you got the blues.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ANjb-yAVE
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Nov 21, 2011 - 07:05am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOK-Lkxbwsg

In the blues you got the D...
Then you got E
Then back to D
And then you got your A
And then you got the blues.

He must have meant to say "Then you got G"...though Keith was rarely sober.


LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
Best little bit o' modern blues i heard in a long time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUz-WqUw4Ic
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:51pm PT

TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
@ Ron Anderson-

NOT ALL BLUES IS A 12 BAR PROGRESSION !

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What's the difference between most Rock and Blues ?

























Tempo ;)


Take the Song 'Cross Roads' for example-
Composed by the quintessential blues man
Robert Johnson

Or, bump up the tempo, add electric bass and trap set drums and you have..

Rock and roll ala Eric Clapton







MH2

climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 06:57pm PT
What Is the Blues?


If you have to ask,










you can probably afford something better.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Jan 19, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ou-6A3MKow
This sho nuf got the Blues.
TY
pleasantOs

Trad climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
THE BLACK KEYS
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 19, 2012 - 08:23pm PT


Longer version

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 19, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Mississippi Fred MacDowell knew what the Blues was.



So did R L

Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jan 19, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
I'm kinda with MH2
Understand that the OP has posed a question that might be construed to simply refernce a specific type of music, yet the simple query asks so much more from me.

Yeah, I know what Blues music is when I hear it, in my body and in my soul. Not all music labeled "blues" nor associated lyrics connect with me, but some do, and do so deeply.

I thought I was feeling the Blues and it lead to placing a barrel upside my head, but I found that the Blues is putting the gun back in the drawer and living with an understanding of how selfish I am to even consider such an act.

And it's getting up in the morning, again, and heading for the same commute and job I hate, doing the same redundant tasks I hate, again and again. Knowing it will go on, and on, and on......

Or to continually battle obesity and alcoholism......diet and abstention, failing repeatedly to gluttony and debauchery, only to wake in the middle of the night to regrets, resolution, then lapsing so easily back into cyclical hope and despair....

Musical blues are the soundtrack of my life.....
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
I grew up in Chicago, so I got an impacted ass full of the urban, modern day version (whatever that means), most of it well-intentioned, earnest, and downright awful. I swear, if I have to endure another Mustang Sally as performed by a bunch of middle-aged white dudes in Hawaiian shirts, I'm liable to off myself too.

By and large, most blues I hear is utterly fuct out. But some folks can punch through and connect. I've had to pull over listening to SRV's Little Wing 'cause I got too emotional. And some is just oozing with the feeling (honest, sad blues or otherwise). Here's a funky "otherwise" that I happen to like a lot:

FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
Albert Collins is the Blues.
Gary

climber
That Long Black Cloud Is Coming Down
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
The blue note itself is a beautiful thing.

AM, the blues is more than music. You know.

Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
John Lee Hooker, Blues before sunrise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oz66xHeaaM&feature=related

fsck

climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
not bad for a couple of white boys
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 21, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
Here's Urban Species' song Blanket that is as blues as anything else I can think of:

Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
THIS is what the Chicago blues is all about:
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
May 15, 2012 - 10:02pm PT
The short answer:

Jimi Hendrix - Mannish Boy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFiSgJUNZI0

The long answer:

Jimi Hendrix - Blues (1994) - [FULL ALBUM]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUPNpTLbmok
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 15, 2012 - 10:09pm PT
men's cryin' bout it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0aIjyX7vwI
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 15, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
But that's alright, I still got my guitar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IKdQhzx2vM&feature=related
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 15, 2012 - 10:23pm PT
Even white boyz get the blues:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF1p8sawWJ0
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
Otis Rush is the Blues:
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 17, 2012 - 07:31am PT
Speaking of Jimi Hendrix; anybody know his connection to the show Law & Order?











Mariska Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson, is the daughter of bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and '50s blond bombshell, Jayne Mansfield, who, as her film career waned in the early '60s did some sound studio work with Hendrix.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Mariska's Ma. And vehicle. Trolling the blues.

The blue laws ain't quite enough in SoCal...

CLICK ME!!!  HURRY!!!
CLICK ME!!! HURRY!!!
Credit: mouse from merced

Have You Ever Loved A Woman?/Clapton, Whoa Hand, Slow Hand, Derek, Journeyman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B95HAWZANLg
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
I got the blues
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
He's got the blues so bad
Urizen

Ice climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
The blues is a woman on your mind.

--Mississippi John Hurt.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Blue Woman, Red Man by Jen Baird/fineartamerica.
Blue Woman, Red Man by Jen Baird/fineartamerica.
Credit: GI

Devil Got My Woman/Skip James early version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtZ6DoeimP4
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
Skip James knows the blues, indeed.


People, if I ever can get up
Off a-this old hard killin' flo'
Lord, I'll never get down
This low no mo
weezy

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 05:43am PT
^^That man sho enuf got the Blues. Blind Boy Willie McTell knows the cure for him, though.

Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Kyoto! The Blues! Today!


Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
C-72%
M-54%
Y-0%
K-20%
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
Hey cats, I'm gigging tomorrow in Toronto - trombone and piano.

12 bar jazz blues in C:

C7 ...... F7 ...... C7 ...... C7
| \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ |

F7 ...... F dim ... C7 Bb7 A7
| \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ |

D7 ...... G7 ...... C7 . A7 .D7 . G7
| \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ | \ \ \ \ ||

Don't forget to throw in all those 9ths and blues notes like the flattened third, the fourth and the augmented fourth, and of COURSE the 7th, or it just ain't blue.

And Anders - the blues is a singular word. Sheesh.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
Lots of different blues:

Hobo


Cryin'


Long Gone Lonesome


Lonesome


Subterranean Homesick


Working Man


Good Morning


Christmas Morning



If you know what I mean








TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
What is the blues? If you ever really get them, you'll know for sure. And, it ain't easy.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
Climber chicks in Robbins Boots are Sexy and deserve to be seen..
Climber chicks in Robbins Boots are Sexy and deserve to be seen..
Credit: Throwpie
Those are blue boots, Vibram marks left on the Rev's heart.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
zBrown, that Victoria Spivey knows the Blues, indeed. And so does the Mouse.



moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Listening to Chicken Shack "Lost the best friend I ever have" on Pandora right now. Sweeeeeeeeeeet.
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Ginger's got the blues

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
SRV knows da blues
Saw him live 2 times before his untimely death.

selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Blues is the healer...
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
More Christmas Blues




A Twofer




Cocaine Blues




Dopehead Blues




Hoodoo Lady Blues



One Dime Blues



Lady Sings the Blues


Viola Lee Blues


Blues from an Airplane


U.S. Blues
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Mechrist..nice find! ^^^^ Ginger got soul!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 10, 2013 - 09:06pm PT


Bonnie Raitt is the real deal
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Jan 10, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Jan 10, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
ya know ya got the blues when the thrill is gone...
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jan 11, 2013 - 06:11am PT
George Carlin explains the blues..
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 11, 2013 - 06:41am PT
I can't bring myself to say "Mr. Carlin's wrong, f*#k him." He's too dead to reply. And he's generally right. But whites got the blues. Ga-ron-teed. Think about Jason and the brouhaha over his lost job, etc.

I'm blue because I'm having an impossible time trying to listen to these videos.

Clicking and clacking, can't get them to play.
I'm starting to feel like neebee that-a-way.

If you are black, white, red, yellow, brown, you have a right to be openly Blue.
Credit: GI
Or openly Jay, even.
We're all Jaybro.
We're all Jaybro.
Credit: GI

zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 11, 2013 - 07:00am PT
Blue People playin' The Whites


Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 11, 2013 - 07:14am PT
George Carlin: "White people got no business playing the blues"

Except for this guy, and he's real white!!!!

zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 11, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Dry white toast

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 11, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
Local Boy

Local Boy
Local Boy
Credit: S.Leeper
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:57am PT
Mississippi Fred McDowell/ Worried Life Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwfHuY5QnqY

Mississippi Fred McDowell/Shake 'em on Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbovAMvnG70
Jack Reacher reaches Miss Deveraux in Mississippi. Highly recommended for training execises around midnight.

Edit: zBrown, excuse the UC'LA color scheme.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Me and a couple of my buds at the local coffee shop....

Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 25, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
RIP


http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-bobby-blue-bland-20130625,0,1913221.story
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 10, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Captain Beefheart is the blues:
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 17, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
The Waterboys - Red Army Blues
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 4, 2013 - 11:36am PT

Leon Russell - It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Nov 4, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
LIke jazz, something that old/middle age white people are into these days.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 4, 2013 - 12:56pm PT

Come on in mothafukk!

Burn In Hell...
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
The blues is something only poor people from a certain bygone time in the American south really understand and know.
People from other regions and other times know it only through recorded media or concerts. Even that generation is now passing into the history books.

Will the Blues survive as a cherished musical form into the foreseeable future?
Yes. Because it has a depth and power that steadily calls across the years, with a clear,wailing voice --- long after the times and the people that created the Blues have become a vanishing memory.

Long live the BLUES!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 4, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Amen!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 19, 2013 - 10:26am PT

"I'd Rather Go Blind" - Gov't Mule (Etta James Cover)
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 19, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
The blues is when the shop you are trying to get built, that should have been finished in August still ain't done. The Lathes, Mills, & Welding gear you need are still in L.A. taking up space in a building you need to sell & somewhere in that building are my Lightning Hopkins tapes. & all would be bearable if I could find those tapes & the rest of my blues & jazz tapes, but they are stuffed in there somewhere behind tons of metal.

THE BLUES ARE UNIVERSAL & something anyone can understand.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 19, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
Gary, with the Beefheart!!!

Marlow, with the Leon and the Mule!!


The blues is where my wife will be tomorrow night in Alexandria, VA with my man Robert. I used to see Robert in the bars in Spokane, when we were both young!!!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 21, 2013 - 12:15am PT


http://harrysmusic.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/high-john-de-conquer/

High John de Conquer
By Bob7261

I was surprised to hear mention made in Robert Mugge’s Deep Blues of the charm called John de Conquer because I’d only run across references to that talisman twice before.
John de Conquer, or sometimes High John de Conquer, is a dried root believers say has magic properties. It can bring luck in love or gambling. In Deep Blues the owner of the Memphis music store Mugge visits expounds on it and another charm before he even begins talking about recordings.
Since I started researching this subject I’ve found the charm cited in blues lyrics by Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley and Dr. John.
High John de Conquer is also mentioned in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
My own introduction to the legend came in an October 1943 essay in American Mercury magazine by Zora Neale Hurston. In that essay, called High John de Conquer, Ms Hurston described what she said was a legend brought from Africa by transplanted slaves. The legend described a will-of-the-wisp who could not be shackled by the power of the slave owners.
“First off he was a whisper, a will to hope,” Ms Hurston wrote. “Then the whisper put on flesh . . . The sign of the man was a laugh . . . sure to be heard where the work was hardest and the lot most cruel . . . Maybe he was in Texas when the lash fell on a slave in Alabama, but before the blood was dry on the back he was there . . . Somebody in the saddest quarters would feel like laughing and say, ‘Now High John de Conquer, Old Massa couldn’t get the best of him . . .’”
Old Massa couldn’t get the best of him because he didn’t know High John existed. The legendary figure was the slaves’ secret.
In Invisible Man High John de Conquer plays the same role. His existence isn’t mentioned until the narrator turns his back on the cruelty and platitudes of the white world and begins to explore the invisible life of blacks in the Harlem ghetto. The riches of that life aren’t known to the whites because, like High John de Conquer, the secret hasn’t been shared.
The clue High John de Conquer offers about a hidden life intrigues me because it speaks, as much of the music we are listening to speaks, of a hidden community with its own delights and its own quirks and its own peculiarities.
The community in Invisible Man is a black one, but I suspect there are similar communities to which belong anyone powerless, anyone disenfranchised, anyone under the lash that Ms Hurston speaks of.
Significantly, the hero of those communities is not a hero of strength but a hero of wiliness. He’s like Brer Rabbit, and there’s no shame for him in telling lies or being shiftless or devious or crafty. Those are tools he needs for his psychic survival.
Most adults don’t like to think of themselves as employing those tools and it would be hard for us to imagine ourselves into a world in which they were prized, except that we weren’t always adults. We once were children, and as children we had our own secret life of powerlessness with its own songs and chants and taunts and superstitions.
And I’m only going on my own experience here but I have to suspect we didn’t shy from being dishonest, crafty, shifty and devious either.
I’d have to strain to make a connection between the world of blues and the world of children, but when we are looking at the blues in particular and this music in general it might do us well to remember the powerless and sly six-year-olds we used to be.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 21, 2013 - 06:55am PT

Captain Beefheart & Magic Band - Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I do - Midem Festival Cannes, France 1-27-68


Jr Kimbrough - Done Got Old
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 21, 2013 - 07:15am PT
i think some peoples are just done born with the blues. ain't no way around it...

BJ Sharp ~ Never Felt No Blues
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 21, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Always loved this one.

Kinda hard to pin the blues on it, but for my money...
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 21, 2013 - 10:51am PT
Whenever I think of the Blues, I can't help but think (non-musically) of a poem in the Vulgarian Digest entitled "The Blues" that went something like this:

You put your gear in the car at the end of the summer and
Clunk! The summer's over.

John
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 21, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Magic Slim & The Teardrops ~ Bad Boy

You wuz a Badazz Boy Slim, RIP!

edit: 1937-2013!
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 21, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Even whiteboys get the blues sometimes, eh?

PG certainly has had his share...

Peter Green ~ Leaving Town Blues
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 21, 2013 - 06:32pm PT


LESLIE WEST 08 When a Man Loves a Woman featuring Jonny Lang...

...
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
I saw Leslie West, the dude IS a mountain. He made that guitar look like a uke.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 21, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
Marlow...Marlow...Marlow.

Where did you get the Beefheart?
The tape is the same one I played for Donini/Born In the Desert a Long Time Ago, when I first encountered his reachness's presence here on this topo. Sho' nuf.

And Sr. Survival then chimed in with some other BH.

But what about after that?

Can't remember: Ask Buddy Guy, tryin' to tell the truth every time he sings the blues.

buddy Guy, featuring Slow Hand/Every Time I Sing the Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyzlOkS3KDc
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 22, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Mouse

The Beefheart is everywhere. You don't have to search for it. It comes to you.

OT: Ice Cream for Crow and Mouse
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Nov 22, 2013 - 11:47am PT
I saw Leslie West with Mountain at Red Rocks in the summer of 1970, they opened for the Jethro Tull Benefit album tour. We got there early and it was a warm day, Mountain came out for a sound check and played for all of us that were there for close to an hour. That was my second Red Rocks concert, first being the dynamic billing of Ten Years After and Grand Funk Railroad.....ahhhhhhh the golden age of Red Rocks.
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 22, 2013 - 02:05pm PT

Mary Dukes & The 32-20 Blues Band ~ To Much To Drink
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 22, 2013 - 09:24pm PT

Joanne Shaw Taylor ~ Jelousy

moose - cool! great to catch talent live like that, eh? san fran still rocks! thnx
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Nov 22, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
A few days ago in San Francisco,

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 11, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
Uh uh uh uh uh,
Uh uh uh uh uh,
Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh,
Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uhhhhh.
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Dec 11, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
This.

Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
When "Blind" is in your name, you sho 'nuff got the blues.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 7, 2014 - 03:59am PT
3 Blind Mice, their momma 'n' daddy left 'em.
Duane and crew are hangin' it up this year.
That's sho' nuff the basic black blues...so, thx, Allmans, for all the joy.


The Allman Brothers will be at Santa Cruz Blues on the 24th of May, as it turns out this year,
Memorial Day weekend, and Bob Dylan's and my birthday.
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