[Dixielandjazz] THE BLUES - Part 1
nancyink at ulink.net
Mon Sep 29 09:19:07 PDT 2003
<rebecca.e.thompson at verizon.net> wrote:
> I enjoyed the first part that dealt with the history of the blues in
> Mississippi and parts of the South. However, when they tried to
> make the connection to music in Mali, Western Africa, I could
> NOT hear the connection. It all sounded more Middle Eastern.
Oh man, I was so into the soul connection these guys were making that I
wasn't hardly listening to the music. Scorsese bringing things full-circle,
filming a Black American jammin' with his contemporary in West Africa --
what a trip!
Son House (I think) said the blues weren't the blues unless you were singing
about a man and a woman. Willie King said that the blues lyrics, often about
a man being treated badly by his woman, were a means for blacks to openly
complain about mistreatment by their masters.
It was great seeing old films of Son House playing guitar with a slide. Back
when I studied blues guitar, I preferred using a slide (like Bonnie Raitt).
The film didn't tell us much about John Lee Hooker, other than to show how
blues with a dance beat appealed to white folks. I wonder if buddy Wiggins
would share some stories about his experiences working with him. Tom?
Love and hugs,
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