Sunday, December 3, 2006

Heart of the Blues (home)

Some feel that the blues is a way to approach music, a philosophy, in a manner of speaking. And still others hold a much wider sociological view that the blues are an entire musical tradition rooted in the black experience of the post-war South. Whatever one may think of the social implications of the blues, whether expressing the American or black experience in microcosm, it was their "strong autobiographical nature, their intense personal passion, chaos and loneliness, executed so vibrantly that it captured the imagination of modern musicians" and the general public as well. (Shapiro, Harry, 1992 "Eric Clapton: Lost in the Blues.")

The Blues is My Companion:I'll Just Keep Singin' the Blues - Memphis Slim

John Lee Hooker - It Serves Me Right to Suffer