2012/02/28

Did You Get The Blues, Too?

Da Goddess @ 13:33

Obama invented the blues. Or he discovered them and brought them to the nation at large. I know that’s what many sheeple will think. But, there’s history there. More than could have been packed into a single televised hour. More than you can find in a few books or on a couple of CDs. The blues: our musical gift to the world. A true American creation. And don’t you forget it!

Anyone else watch the blues at the White House special on PBS last night?

I could handle Mick doing his rooster strut. I could handle him singing “Miss You”. I could take all the artists they threw on that stage. But, I could not abide the President singing “Sweet Home Chicago”. Maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, it’s foreshadowing. Can we hope for that? For him to be sent back to Chicago after the elections?

Let us pray.

I would have much preferred to see/hear more of Shemekia Copeland, Keb’ Mo’, and the vested wonder that is Jeff Beck (seriously, how cool is he? Everyone else is dressed to the nines and Jeff Beck is there in a tank top and vest!).

What made me sad, other than Obama singing, was seeing B.B. King in a wheelchair. When I saw him, he was walking onstage on his own. I know he’s getting older and he has his health issues, but to see that much decline…it breaks my heart.

Okay. I’m done with my rambling for the day. Don’t mind me. I’m cranky because I don’t get out to see bands these days. I don’t get out to shoot the way I used to. It weighs on my heart. It makes my gut churn.

Still, I’m glad the people have been gifted with a night of blues even it had to come via The One. I just hope people will keep listening and exploring the music that is so very, very truly American.

2 Comments

  1. I didn’t watch. Wouldn’t have watched anything having to do with him, anyway. :(

    Comment by pam — 2012/02/28 @ 15:27

  2. The music was great and he didn’t do much beyond ruining a song, thank God. I just wish they’d included other artists, recognized other blues performers who’d passed, and had someone other than Taraji serving as host. She was stiffer than Pinocchio.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2012/02/28 @ 20:44

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