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The Blues

February 10, 2013

**GRAMMY SPOILER ALERT**

I’m kind of disappointed that Jack White didn’t win tonight.  Mumford and Sons was the obvious choice.  In fairness I haven’t listened to all of Babel, but I think Blunderbuss rocks.

**END SPOILER**

Okay.

Now onto a completely different topic, but not really because without the blues the above artists (especially Jack White) wouldn’t exist.

I fell into the blues via Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.  The Stones were definitely my gateway band to the blues.  And I couldn’t be more thankful for that if I tried.

The blues is a genre that hit me hard.  Not because I could truly relate to the people singing the songs, but I think because I really wanted to understand where they were coming from.  I think in my own ways I can relate to the songs on a lyrical level, but it’s the whole sound that attracts me.  It all hangs there.  I will never compare my struggles to the struggles of these artists, but their mine and on some levels, everyone goes through hard times and can relate to the blues.  It’s universal.  I laugh a little bit when I say that because my problems are first world problems, and these songs are not about first world problems.

And the blues doesn’t always have to be sad.  There are some pretty happy blues songs.  Look at Stevie Ray - Pride and Joy is not a sad song.  I could think of more, but it’s getting late and I’m getting tired.

I’m listening to an album called 25 Blues Masters.  It’s pretty awesome.  And it’s making me miss the days when I dug deep into the blues.  It’s time I add it back into my life on a more consistent basis.

Listening to the blues is doing two things for me right now.  It’s making me want to listen to them more.  And it’s making me want to listen to Led Zeppelin real bad.  So I’m gonna do both.

Or maybe I’ll just go to sleep.