Saturday, August 1, 2009

Crossroads


Robert Johnson is considered by some to be a godfather of the blues. The tale goes - he sold his soul to the devil in order to be the best blues musician. According to zerotime.com:

Deep in the Mississippi delta, in the heart of voodoo and occult practices, on a lonely dirt road, as darkness fell, Mr. Johnson found Hell and changed the sound of music forever.
Why Robert Johnson from THESE lips today?

I recently heard a musician speak on the blues. He's an accomplished musician in his own right and was down in Virginia on a last stop before returning to his home in New York. He mentioned that many people connote the blues with pain and sorrow. He said he believes the blues are the Crossroads of Suffering and Transcendence.

Amen to that.

I may have to slide some Muddy Waters into my CD player later today. Beautiful stuff.

1 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

one of my favorite expressions i use all the time..'you gotta suffer to sing the blues.'

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