Today is a particularly rainy and dreary day in New York. While sitting at the computer this morning, a friend of mine emailed me a link to the blues song, Trouble in Mind, by Big Jim Adams here. If you haven’t listened to Big Jim sing the blues before, you don’t know what you’re missing.
I remembered hearing a link to a song where four of my all-time favorites: BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jim Vaughn got together for a concert. You can listen to them blues out the tune, Rock Me Baby here. These four fellas sure had a great time performing together, never before and probably never together again; it’s an once-in-a-lifetime worth hearing event.
I have to admit that there is something so soulful about the Blues that it does rock you right down to your core. If you are not a fan of the Blues, I feel for you, I really and truly do. Even a person lacking rhythm can find their bodies swaying to the beat. I don’t have a favorite singer/songwriter – as any old blues will do for me. Once you’re hooked on the blues, nothing else seems to satisfy your soul-quenching thirst for it.
There is a legendary singer who left us far too soon, Miss Janis Joplin. You can listen to her here singing “Me and Bobby McGee”. My favorite line from that song is, “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” Unfortunately, the lure of drugs was Janis’ demise – she succumbed to losing a piece of herself that would eventually end her life. You can listen to her belt out “Piece of my Heart” here, this from a live performance at Woodstock.
Still, the Mother of Blues, Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett Rainey, better known as Ma Rainey, was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers. You can listen to her recording of “Booze and Blues” here
It doesn’t have to be a rainy day to listen to the blues or to sing them either. If that doesn’t lift your chin, then give a listen to the “Woodstock” gathering and just remember that the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 400,000 folks that got together during the muddy festival back in ’69 at Max Yasgur farm.
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