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I was waiting for the blues to come back. Isn’t it time? Isn’t the blues eternal? One thing is certain, we have them, you and me, it’s a hassle, despite all the hedonistic music on the charts.

What most people don’t know.

It happens to me all the time. Yesterday at the Subaru dealership. The author of the service had no idea who Morgan Wallen was. I felt like I was speaking a foreign language, all I got was a blank face talking about the acts I was about to see.

Meanwhile, they keep telling us it’s Spotify Top 50.

Not that Buddy Guy didn’t take his lap of honor. The only person who got more is Joni Mitchell. For the past nearly thirty years, we’ve seen Buddy on late-night television, smiling, grimacing, working his axe. A spawner hidden in plain sight.

That’s right, Buddy was born in 36, 19 that is. We will have to say that soon few people live to be a hundred years old. But Buddy’s 86, makes me wonder how much longer Mick Jagger and his compatriots can handle the boards. You see, once you have the blues inside of you, they never go away, but you have to get them out, otherwise they pile up.

I have to admit, I found “Gunsmoke Blues” through Spotify’s Discover Weekly. I admit that the fact that Jason Isbell was involved made me curious. But I didn’t expect to immediately fall into that groove that the blues delivers, you know, the kind you hear all over “Fillmore East.”

It’s the Allman Brothers in case you didn’t know. Not everyone who played with them is gone yet, but the Allman Brothers themselves are. Never mind almost every other member of the original group. But after a hiatus long ago, when the Allmans toured, they were available again, hidden in plain sight.

Still, I have to say I didn’t feel like playing Buddy Guy’s new albums, I always look forward to seeing him play, but I didn’t expect this comeback to full form, not only Buddy n he hasn’t lost a step, he still has tons of energy, when everyone is thinking of retirement, or already has one, or is dead.

“Problems in high school

Somebody got the gun smoke blues”

It’s the latest research that most of these shooters aren’t mentally ill. Oh, they’re depressed, they’re frustrated, but they’re not schizophrenic. You see, when you eliminate the opportunity and possibility to fuck… you have nowhere to express your feelings. So you choose to step out in a blaze of glory, but it’s quite different from what Jon Bon Jovi talked about in that 80s cowboy flick.

I don’t condone the behavior. I believe in gun control. But I found what Scott Galloway said fascinating, if all these shooters just got fucked, would that put a huge dent in the problem?

God, are you on social media? What attracts me is all these women who say they are fat when they are none of that. That’s right, everyone is held to an impossible ideal, hell look at these celebrities without makeup. Before, everything was localized, but today, everything is global. Just as today’s musicians have to compete with the best of all time on Spotify, you have to compete with the most beautiful people in the world. So not only do you feel inadequate, but your desires are fantasies, not grounded in reality. Everyone wants something they can’t have. I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret, being famous doesn’t solve all your problems, they’re still there, still worrying you. Sure, it’s nice not to have to worry about money, to have relationship opportunities, but most people looking to be in the public eye are messed up to begin with, trying to fill an incompressible void.

“Read it in the morning paper

Watch it on the evening news »

Bleached bubble-headed blondes still testify on TV, it’s just that they touch fewer and fewer people. Quick, name your local TV journalists! I bet you can’t, I sure can’t. Only antique dealers who receive their news from TV can still do so, the rest of us…

Don’t even get our news in the morning paper. Check the stats, forget the Big Three, NYT, WSJ and WaPo, the circulation numbers keep dropping. It used to be that everyone in LA got the “Los Angeles Times”, now it’s hard to find someone who does. So if it’s in there and nowhere else, it’s like it didn’t happen. I think the stories in the LAT are only there to make the PR people involved feel good, because they’re not moving the needle.

“Over there at the house of worship

People pray to the lord”

If they shoot black people… It’s like a strange reminder of the past, where they are only three quarters or half of a person. Especially if he’s a rapper, but even worse if he’s not famous. Yes, a white kid shoots a black church and most people shrug their shoulders.

But people keep praying, because they don’t have much else.

“Mom said what’s the matter

Son, you’re not doing well”

If only parents could see it. If only they weren’t looking at their phones, if only both parents didn’t have to work outside the home to make ends meet. Worse still, today everyone’s child is perfect. The enemy? Teachers! Scroll down and read these stories about why teachers quit: https://bloom.bg/3xJF2Mt

“Some people blame the shooter

Other people blame the gun

But that don’t stop the bullets

And more bloodshed to come

A million thoughts and prayers

Won’t bring anyone back”

I don’t think I can add anything to that. From now on, the mass shootings are de rigueur, they occur regularly, and the news does not hold, everyone wants to forget them.

But really, “Gunsmoke Blues” has nothing to do with the lyrics. I didn’t catch them until I looked at them. Instead, it’s sound. You feel something, sadness, introspection, an appreciation of the landscape. You stop and think.

“Gunsmoke Blues” has nothing to do with Spotify Top 50, has nothing to do with major music industry. Nobody expects this stuff to sell, so they’re not interested. An old man playing old music.

But now more than ever, there are bigger niches than ever. So many different types of music have an audience.

But it’s hard to keep going, feeling like you’re in one place, fighting for money, missing home. Takes the most dedicated to keep on going.

Or those who were raised in another era where music was a deity and they can’t do anything else. However, too many people are running on steam, just rolling around playing the old stuff is nostalgia.

“Gunsmoke Blues” isn’t nostalgia, it’s positively now.

But that’s just a blueprint, in truth the blues lives on.

Did you read today’s article on Robert Fripp in the “New York Times”?

“Robert Fripp Lights Up – No one expected to see the King Crimson frontman dancing in a tutu on YouTube. In a rare interview, the guitarist explains ‘a totally different trajectory.’ » : https://nyti.ms/3Sp3ISi

You should, even if you have no idea who Fripp is.

The money quote is this:

“I learned to trust the music, to trust the process. And it’s important for the audience to know that they are as important as the musician. If the audience is present, engaged and listening, the relationship is qualitatively different. When that happens, the moment becomes truly real. And there’s a deep satisfaction in that.

Fripp doesn’t talk about hard drives, he doesn’t talk about dancing, he doesn’t talk about flying in choirs, he talks about real, living, breathing music.

Like “Gunsmoke Blues” by Buddy Guy. Which says more about the shooter’s situation than a whole house of congressmen.

Yes man. The same ones that take away a woman’s right to abortion. I thought we fought this war in the 70s, why do ignorant old men still tell women what to do with their bodies?

No wonder they have the blues.

Yes, the blues is eternal. They never leave. They may wax and wane, but they are always there. And when you hear them, you feel connected, get the power to carry on in this world where you carry all this weight on your shoulders, where the opportunities are slim and where you must be tired of getting shot.

“Gunsmoke Blues” contains the essence of the blues. But it’s the music that we used to go to see regularly, to connect with the feeling.

The feeling is still there.

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