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Apropos of our Music Passion game whose theme this month of September is “The Blues”, I managed to stumble upon a brilliant Freshly Pressed piece that is hilariously informative for all who have ever wanted to compose and sing the Blues. Pop on over to Tinman’s blog and see his irreverent tongue-in-cheek style that had me howling with laughter earlier today. Thanks Tinman for making me laugh! And thanks for the permission to reblog. I hope the added traffic from the tens of … er… tens of followers I have doesn’t crash your stats. OK folks, go on over and show the Tinman some love…

Worth Doing Badly

Sidey’s Weekend Theme is “blue”, so here is Tinman’s guide to one of the most famous of all music genres….


The first requirement of being a blues singer is that you woke up this morning. Of course, most of us did, but we don’t feel the need to complain about it. Your next problem could be anything – your woman could have left you (the Lovesick Blues) you could have a hangover from last night’s pub-crawl (the 12-Bar Blues) or you might be tired after the walk uphill home (the Hill Street Blues). This problem will form the second line of your song.

In case your audience don’t get it, the first and second lines are then sung again, before the verse ends with one line summing up just how bad the situation is. An example would be “Woke up this mornin’/Found ma woman gone/woke up this mornin’/found ma…

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  1. September 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Phil, Tinman’s piece is stupendously funny. Can’t stop laughing. Laughter being, for obvious reasons, unbecoming. But then I am not a Blues singer. Neither will my tears wet the harmonica.


    • October 3, 2012 at 2:04 am

      It was funny. I rather like his sense of humor overall on his other posts as well.

  2. September 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I finally understand the blues. Thanks for the referral to that delightful post, Phil!

    • October 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

      The humor was spot on, obviously from a writer that knows the genre and likes it.

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    September 29, 2012 at 6:21 am

    This was great, Phil – just great to read. My gosh, you’ve got me smiling big time! 🙂

    • October 3, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Noeleen, glad it made you smile, though the humor was all Tinman’s.

  4. September 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    nice to find you again ( thought the delightful mr gowans!)
    will be back x

    • October 3, 2012 at 2:08 am

      John, so very nice of you to stop by.

  5. Androgoth
    October 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

    A nice posting Phil…

    Have a great start to your
    week and get ready for Halloween 🙂


    • October 3, 2012 at 2:09 am

      But Androgoth, it’s only the beginning of October! I suppose you are lobbying for a bigger celebration?

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