next move wrote:
OK, well here goes gonna throw my hat in the ring as to how I view blues music (not that it's of any significance).
OK I get that it originated from black people who lived in terrible conditions or suffered hardship etc... that's kind of a given.
However to adopt the attitude that some how you have had to gone through some kind of tragedy to play blues well, I have to say I think that's bullshit...for my money all that counts is if you're into it and relate to it and can express your self through it effectively.
I think that's what's important in all music along with some creativity/imagination.
I get bored very easily with straight ahead blues, for some reason it just doesn't excite me that much. I think that's why people like Jeff Beck or more recently Eric Johnson who I think put their own spin/stamp on it make it somehow different for me, It's like Blues with a little hot sauce added.
Having said all of this, I am not a purist at all. If it sounds good to me then that's usually all I care about,
There you go. In an old radio show in Texas (back int he 30's I guess), Before starting to perform his last blue yodel, Jimmy Rogers states ..."you aint got no business with the blues unless you can sing it"...
I'm with you there, next move, Who the hell ever said that to play blues you have to be a legit suffering poor black southern man.