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Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 21, 2011 - 01:18am 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 - 09:43am 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 - 10:05am 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 - 09:18pm 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 - 09:46pm PT
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jan 19, 2012 - 09:51pm PT

TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 19, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
@ Ron Anderson-

NOT ALL BLUES IS A 12 BAR PROGRESSION !

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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 - 09:57pm 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 - 10:57pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ou-6A3MKow
This sho nuf got the Blues.
TY
pleasantOs

Trad climber
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
THE BLACK KEYS
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:23pm PT


Longer version

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:25pm 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 - 11:48pm 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 20, 2012 - 12:47am 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 20, 2012 - 01:42am PT
Albert Collins is the Blues.
Gary

climber
That Long Black Cloud Is Coming Down
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2012 - 01:58am PT
The blue note itself is a beautiful thing.

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

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 20, 2012 - 02:26am PT
John Lee Hooker, Blues before sunrise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oz66xHeaaM&feature=related

fsck

climber
Jan 20, 2012 - 02:35am PT
not bad for a couple of white boys
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 21, 2012 - 08:54pm 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 16, 2012 - 12:52am PT
THIS is what the Chicago blues is all about:
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