Blues primer......

The Saint windjammerz@YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 9 03:04:19 EST 2004


HOW TO SING THE BLUES - A PRIMER
1. Most Blues begin, "Wokeupthismorning...
2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick
    something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the
    meanest face in town."
3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then
    find something that rhymes...sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest
    face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got
    teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound."
4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a
    ditch--ain't no way out.
5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't
    travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues
    transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and
    state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a
    major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.
6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults
    sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the
    electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.
7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in
    Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical
    depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places
    to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get
    rain.
8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male
    pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cause you were skiing is not the
    blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a gator be chomping on it is. '
9. You can't have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is
    wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
10. Good places for the Blues:
    1.. highway
    2.. jailhouse
    3.. empty bed
    4.. bottom of a whisky glass
11. Bad places for the Blues:
    1.. Nordstrom's
    2.. gallery openings
    3.. Ivy League institutions
    4.. golf courses
12. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit. 'less you happen
    to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.
13. Do you have the right to sing the Blues?
Yes, if:
    1.. you older than dirt
    2.. you blind
    3.. you shot a man in Memphis
    4.. you can't be satisfied
No, if:
    1.. you have all your teeth
    2.. you were once blind but now can see
    3.. the man in Memphis lived
    4.. you have an RRSP or trust fund
14. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods
    cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg
    up on the blues.
15. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the
    Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
    a. cheap wine
    b. whiskey or bourbon
    c. muddy water
    d. nasty black coffee
The following are NOT Blues beverages:
    a. Perrier
    b. Chardonnay
    c. Snapple
    d. Slim Fast
16. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues
    death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die.
    So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broken down
    cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while
    getting liposuction.
17. Some Blues names for women:
    a. Sadie
    b. Big Mama
    c. Bessie
    d. Fat River Dumpling
18. Some Blues names for men:
    a. Joe
    b. Willie
    c. Little Willie
    d. Big Willie
19. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can't sing
     the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
20. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit:
    1.. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
    2.. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi,etc.)
    3.. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) For
    example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi
    Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")
21. I don't care how tragic your life: if you own a computer, you cannot
    sing the blues.
    (DAMN!)



Mark Stjohn
The DEFROSTERZ blues band
LAFFIN' DAWG music
p.o.box 3194
Long Beach Ca.
310-663-4469
defrosterz@yahoo.com

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