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…
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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I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I posted around these parts, but what better way to get me to crawl out of the woodwork than a throw-down challenge to participate in the Music Passion game on Dolly’s All About Lemon Blog?
This month’s theme is the BLUES, posed to us all by Jaz, a musician herself who posts on My Buddha Blog right here at WordPress. I’d like to personally thank Jaz for tormenting me about this month’s category. I LOVE the Blues, and have what must be a gazillion songs within the genre, dating back to the turn of the 20th Century through today. How in the world do I pick one song? Gaaaaaa!!!! This is all your fault Jaz!!! She suggested I keep it old-school.
It’s been a hot summer here – scorching in fact, so I thought maybe we should go for something cool. OK, so how about some Sonny Boy Williamson, playing “Nine Below Zero“? You can’t get much cooler than that – brrrr! Sonny Boy Williamson was often referred to as the King of the Harmonica. I don’t think anyone got more sound with a feeling out of ten little holes than he did. His voice has a lot of feeling to it, and he just oozes of cool.
Go on over to Dolly’s Blog and check out the other entries for the month.
I’ll be away for most of the week due to a death in the family. As a result, I’ll be scarce once more around these parts, so if you don’t see any snarky comments from me, it isn’t because I don’t love you anymore, just that I’m unavailable. Don’t fret, for I’ll catch up when I return.
In the meantime, feel free to grab something refreshing from the bar, sneak over to the fridge for a snack, and pop a few coins in the jukebox if you’re so inclined. Try not to make a big mess, and of course, behave (or maybe not)! I’ll be back soon.
It’s getting late, the Dinner Party has run its course and appears to be long done, clean up crews have scrubbed and detailed the Random Thoughts home from top to bottom, and the place seems a bit quiet and empty. All the rowdy guests migrated over to Mardi Gras, and I’m happy to report all had fun with no serious problems, save for a few morning-after headaches experienced by a few of our followers.
Me? I’ll be traveling the next few days. I’ll be scarce around these parts, but tonight I think I’ll pour myself a nice elixir from the bar and toss a few coins in the Jukebox for the evening as I unwind a little before turning in for the evening. Come on and join me. Go ahead, walk over the the bar. There’s a guy in a white jacket and black bow-tie waiting to serve you. Kick off your shoes and put up your feet, or, if you are so inclined, grab your sweetheart and spend a few moments dancing cheek to cheek. I’ll start it off with a few from the Billie Holiday songbook – such a hauntingly soulful voice.
While I’m gone, feel free to throw a few coins in the ole Jukebox and dial up a song of your choice in the comment section below. Anything goes – any style, artist, and genre. I’d love to hear what you pick out. I’ll try to peek in whenever I can to get a listen. In the meantime, enjoy the company of each other and behave. Or maybe not…
The past few days on the East Coast have been nothing short of a steam bath, with temperature in the 90’s and humidity at the saturation point. Waves of rainstorms have done little to relieve the heat, but instead have managed to pump up the humidity even more, just when you thought it could not get any more humid. It’s the kind of weather that makes most adults rush into the home for shelter, yet I couldn’t help but notice a couple of neighborhood children just having a ball in the middle of a torrential downpour, soaked to the bone, and laughing as they belly flopped in makeshift puddles the size of small ponds.
There is nothing like experiencing the world through children’s eyes to lift the mood. We could all use a bit more whimsy in our lives. So inspired, and with no real plan in mind, I thought I’d rustle up a few Youtube links in honor of this stormy weather just for fun and to lighten my own mood.
First up is Billie Holiday cooing her way through Stormy Weather. I just love the way she phrases the lyrics musically. (I know, I know, this was a Lena Horne standard… sue me!)
Ah, now that you’re all relaxed, I thought I’d liven it up a bit with a song and dance number from the 1943 Classic of a movie titled (what else?) Stormy Weather. This clip starts off with Cab Calloway and Orchestra singing Jumpin’ Jive, and early into the number introduces the Nicholas Brothers in what might arguably be one of the single best dance performances ever captured on film – all in a single take to boot! The Stairway Jump Splits in the finale are breathtaking. I know I would have lost my breath, as well as my manhood and consciousness, if I ever tried a stunt like that – OUCH!!!
I need to relax after watching that! Let’s keep with the theme and pick another from the Billie Holiday songbook as a way to wrap up this blog entry. Here she is, Lady Day singing Stormy Blues.
Storming or not, I hope you enjoyed your day.
Late night again, and looking for a nice way to unwind musically. I’m in the mood for some slooooow blues. If you are too, grab a nightcap of your choice, don a set of headphones while I cue up a set of blues songs, and drift off into some relaxation, blues style.
Ah… that hit the spot.