“Lightnin’ Hopkins was something of a fixture on the Houston coffee house scene so we were witness to eccentric blues brilliance close up. Then, believe it or not, along came the wave of the English cats like John Mayall, Eric Clapton and the Stones embracing the great American art form – the blues.”
~ Billy Gibbons
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
The blues are what I turned
to, what has given me inspiration
and relief in all the trials of
On a beautiful warm day, he decides to go outside, and sits himself down on the stoop. He takes out his blues harp, and plays some down home blues. Some of the passersby stop to watch him, and love what they are hearing. That makes him a very happy guy.
The air outside is hot
The air is stifling
The dogs are laying in the shade
The old man is sitting on the stoop
Playing the blues with his harmonic
The people who pass by are smiling
The old man knows it all good
I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.
– Buddy Guy
“My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.”
You know those days when you’ve got the mean reds…the blues are because you’re getting fat or maybe its been raining too long. You’re sad, that’s all. But the mean reds are horrible. You’re afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don’t know what you are afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don’t know what it is.
– Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly