Mudcat Café message #2128683 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104139   Message #2128683
Posted By: Mark H.
18-Aug-07 - 02:07 PM
Thread Name: Happy Blues
Subject: RE: Happy Blues
Countless hokum and jug band numbers. There's a lot of ribaldry and celebration of life's pleasures. Ned Ludd and I were in a band, Hokum, that played little else. One example, "Sitting On Top Of the World" has been performed and recorded many different ways. The idea that blues music is all miserable exasperates me. Blues music is a cure for the blues. Even the downer stuff often has an ironic twist or at least some dignity about it. These are aspects of the music that are often missed by performers and teachers, and books are usually misleading on this point.
Please allow me to recommend the box sets, JSP7752 and JSP7745, and if you like 'em send me a message and we can discuss this excellent music further. Enjoy!