Bluzman 1 or Why I love the Blues  

TomEboy10 59M
357 posts
10/12/2005 5:46 am

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Bluzman 1 or Why I love the Blues

You don't choose the blues - the blues choose you. Whether it is the first wail of a harmonica, the pierce of a guitar note, the sting of glass on metal, the left-handed boogie woogie bass, or a voice that rips you inside out, the blues plays hide and seek until it is ready to be found. Once found, its hard to resist, impossible to ignore.In many ways it requires the musician and the listener to sign a pact at the crossroads, a pact dedicated to search and self discovery. Once under the spell, each musician walks on from the crossroads looking to stir magic from the ordinary.

Art Tipaldi, a blues brother, writer,fan

I am reminded of countless hours spent in blues bars all over the country.Memories return of listening stupified and trancelike to the relentless rush of guitars,drums,harmonica and piano soaring together into some place beyond time, a place where all that is left is this thrilling, ecstatic moment. I remember leaning into the music and letting it wash over me and I remember never wanting to leave, remember feeling completely drained when, after being wrung in a music so intense my soul was sweating, the band finally stopped playing and I was returned to the night alone, sustained by a deep,deep satisfaction and yet a longing, an afterglow that made me feel as though I had been transported into some timeless force of nature.

Jim Shanin

The blues? Why the blues are a part of me. To me, the blues are,well, almost religious.

Alberta Hunter

Damn I love these italics! Bluzman 1 has been my license plate in PA and now in Ohio.These quotes do a better job than I at trying to describe what it is that I love about this music. I love the blues straight up or mixed with rock, soul, jazz, R&B.For years rock bands I loved were playing blues yet at the time I did not know it.I know it now. I am determined to some day ride the road to discover where this music started, where it was born. To pharaphrase Dylan, out there on Highway 61. Do you want to join me?

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

10/12/2005 7:34 am

Ever listen to the Legendary Marvin Pontiac? He's the alter ego of John Lourie of the Lounge Lizards. You gotta listen to the song "I'm A Doggy" ... it's absolutely amazing.

I also remember my Mom requesting a Stevie Ray Vaughn Christmas in '90. It was awesome.


keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
10/12/2005 7:55 am

Longtime blues fan and afficianado of smoky blues venues here. We have The Double Door Inn here in Charlotte, and I have been attending blues shows in that dive since the early seventies. Thanks for this post.

__Huntress__ 55M/57F

10/12/2005 5:33 pm

It's almost impossible to find a "blues" station on the radio where I live ... if I could, I don't think I would ever turn the dial ... I saw Shaika Copeland in a little blues cafe in my area a couple of years ago and was completely mesmorized ... became hooked years ago on Etta James and have listened to whatever I can get my "ears" on since ...


Luvwetcunt1000 48M
1258 posts
10/13/2005 12:52 am

Good post Tom. Sure, I'll join ya. Where I come from Blues ain't so popular. There's no Blues cafe here. I used to visit music stores and dig through old dusty stuff to get to this kind of music. Along the way I found John Mayall (hope I got the spelling corect - absolutely love his stuff!). I read on one of his album jackets that Eric Clapton used to play with his band. When I have time I'll try to dig through what I have and get you the album names.

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