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MandolinPaul real blues (60* d) RE: real blues 14 Nov 99


Sorry, I just had another thought on this topic.

An interviewer once asked Willie Dixon how people could enjoy such a depressing music as the blues. His response: The blues isn't about all of the bad things that happen in your life; it's about the joy in sharing them with others.

An example that illustrates this perfectly is on BB King's Live at Cook County Jail album. In the song How Blue Can You Get, the final verse has some stops while BB shouts about what a selfish woman he has. At the end of each of these lines, you hear an increasingly loud burst of applause and joy at his hardships. The audience is totally into his whining and moaning.

That is what the blues are about.

Paul


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