ένα αντικείμενο: THE BLUES
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-Simple music is the hardest music to play and
blues is simple music.
-“Jazz is the big brother of the blues.
If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in
high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like
going on to college, to a school of higher learning.”
B. B. King
-It is from the blues that all that may be called
American music derives its most distinctive
James Weldon Johnson
-“White folks hear the blues come out, but they
don't know how it got there.”
-I think the blues will always be around. People
-“Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat
the blues, but it will still be the blues.”
-I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering
'cause I got a long memory.
-“In 1908 Handy didn't know anything about the
blues and he doesn't know anything about jazz and
stomps to this day. I myself figured out the peculiar
form of mathematics and harmonies that was strange
to all the world but me.”
Jelly Roll Morton
-But between sets I'd sneak over to the black places
to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where
I was making my living at white clubs and having
my fun at the other places.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
-“One thing the blues ain't, is funny.”
-The blues tells a story in itself. It can make you
happy or give you a feeling to swing.
-“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and
wrote some blues.”
-Nobody can tell you how the blues feel unless
they have the blues. We all take it differently.
-“What makes my approach special is that I do
different things. I do jazz, blues, country music
and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.”
-I think it was that we were really seasoned
musicians. We had serious roots that spanned
different cultures, obviously the blues.
-“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel”
-Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and
blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.
-“My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne
meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues”
-Once you start collecting records you learn more
and more about jazz and blues.
-“I met a girl who sang the blues, And I asked her
for some happy news; But she just smiled and
-The British ballads became a new kind of form in
their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new
kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form
which, after all, has become the main musical form
of the whole human species.
-“I've said that playing the blues is like having
to be black twice. Stevie [Ray Vaughan] missed
on both counts, but I never noticed.”
B. B. King
-Music isn't just learning notes and playing them,
You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.
-“The musicians that didn't know music could play
the best blues. I know that I don't want no
musicians who know all about music playin' for me.”
-The consolidation of the music business has
made it difficult to encourage styles like the blues,
all of which deserve to be celebrated as part of
our most treasured national resources.
-The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry
the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll
and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.
-I guess music, particularly the blues, is the only
form of schizophrenia that has organised itself into
being both legal and beneficial to society.
-“I'm not good enough to be playin' much acoustic
guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean,
the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues
guitar is just that much harder on the fingers. I
really appreciate when someone can blow me
away with live acoustic blues.”
-Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
-All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em
-Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling
in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't
know what I'm sorry about. I don't.
-Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling,
finesse, and fear.
-The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues
has a meaning.
John Lee Hooker
-Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in
the world. He's very underrated.
-My early influences were the Shadows, who were
an English instrumental band. They basically got
me into playing and later on I got into blues and
jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with
John Mayall. I really liked that period.
-A lot of people relate me to the blues but I don't
think it's a hindrance at this point. I've been doing
it long enough that I can do different things and be
-Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw
my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play
blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets
to the show, and they came up afterwards and said,
'You didn't play one sad song.'
-You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from
rhythm and blues - you can't seperate it. Because
that's where it all started, and that's where it all
come from - that's where I learned to keep rhythm
-James Cotton is a real blues guy, and he played
with Muddy Waters, and it surprised me that they
would want me to make a record with them, that
he called me to do this record. I'd never done
anything like that before. But I love blues, so I
was very happy.
-Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow
lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young
people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they
talk and get lawyers and things.
Big Bill Broonzy
-The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in
words and song, inspiration, feeling, and
-We are trying to prove that the blues lives on
forever and anybody in this place can sing the
-If you can't play the blues... you might as well
hang it up.
-My favorite moment of the whole thing was when
John Belushi suggested that I get a hold of all the
blues records I could so I could research the music.
-It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues,
you know, and a very powerful drug to be
introduced to us and I absorbed it totally, and it
changed my complete outlook on music.