24. High fidelity recorded blues ALWAYS has the guitar on the left or the right side and NEVER in the center.
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SD, great post...if people have any humor left. I was about
to add something about needing to have a left hand guitar
re-strung for a right-hander...or a right hand guitar
re-strung for a left-hander...'cus pappy was "po"..but
my try at humor failed on the "Canadian" thread earlier
this evening......so who knows?
I have already e-mailed this to a few friends that are
Blues fans...and they thought it was very "on"...
Maybe I'll move ta Melfus......
Sd; I'm a long time blues fan and so have much respect for the music. I've gotta say that this is one of the best and funniest threads I've seen on this site. I love the late "Hound Dog" Taylor's music. Can a medium sized white boy from North Dakota have the blues?
Nobody who has completed college can have the blues, but if you are kicked out or at least drop out, it's OK if you meet some other criteria, especially if you've shot someone in Memphis. If you use the word criteria you can't have the blues either. No one in therapy can have the blues either-- unless you get kicked out of course.
Can high-end audio types have the blues? What if you blow your tweeters out? I think woofers are much more bluesy. How about if a drunk babe emptied a bottle of Jim Beam on your pre-amp? I need a ruling on this;>) Thanks, and Cheers. Craig.
Garfish: I'd agree with your additions, although I think that someone who has completed college might, under the right set of circumstances, be able to have the blues (lost my fortune on junk bonds, got laid off and lost my home, etc.). And high-end audio buffs could certainly get the blues. Someone dumping a bottle of cheap bourbon in their preamp may or may not qualify, but losing your entire system to your ex-wife in a divorce would certainly cause one to have the blues (I know what I'm talking about on this one...).
Glad you enjoyed the post. Thought we needed something to lighten the gloomy pall that seems to have fallen on our forum the past month or so. This hobby is supposed to be FUN, people -- though maybe compulsive -- and the forum hasn't been much fun lately.
Sd, remember J-L Hooker's "Stripped Me Naked"? "Took ta money in da bank.. took my Cadillac, too...stripped me naked..." substitute Cadillac & ad lib: took ma monos, da ell pees in da room, ...took ma stators too... stripped me nekkid...)!
Blowntoobe DistortionJoe Jefferson (silicon somehow doesn't cut it here).
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Intellectual integrity compels me, however, to reiterate that I did NOT write this piece. It was sent to me by a colleague at work who is also a blues lover. Whoever the author is obviously knew the blues AND had a good sense of humor.
Sarah's comment brings home another point: if this piece is the best thing she's read on the forum in a LONG time, we all need to get to work. Too much doom and gloom, attacks on the Audiogon staff, members having hissy fits and leaving the forum, etc. If everyone would make a point to make one good post -- humorous, informational, review of a record or piece of equipment you own, recap of a good article that you read, etc. -- every 2-3 weeks, it would make the forum more appealing, and a hell of a lot more FUN.
We're fortunate to have a site like Audiogon, which charges us nothing to sponsor this forum, but it's up to the membership to make the content of the posts worthwhile. I've been concerned about the ongoing threads criticizing Audiogon as a site, and can't help but reflect that we may cause the "self fulfilling prophecy" to come true. I, for one, would be sorry to see Audiogon close down this discussion forum. Just my 2 cents, FWIW.
Great post, SD! Reminds me of "Wierd Al" Yankovic's "Generic Blues" on one of his old albums, which included one of my son's favorite lines, "my brothers and sisters hated me 'cause I was an only child". Followed many of the rules you mentioned. You know, there is an old "blues" song for us Wall Street types, a take-off on the song "John Henry' called "John Henry the Accountant," where Henry takes on and beats a calculator, but "the stress and the strain was too much for his brain; he laid down his pencil and he died, dear Lord".
I don't know if I should laugh or cry. The Blues is a serious business man. And yes, Canada is a place to sing the Blues, especially Québec. The Blues ain't nothin' but a botheration on your mind. Believe me I got plenty of that. But the Blues is a serious business. Do you guys snicker at funerals or what?
Two questions? We all get sucked into 13d (can never be satisfied) -- does 23 (owning a PC) cancel that out? If not, we should start a band!
To Pbb's point, Quebec might be a great place to sing the blues. I recall hearing some fine blues from Bavaria. Any other great blues locales outside of Mississippi (i.e., traditional US blues spots)?
Detlof, the last time I was in Germany was about 25 years ago. Someone turned me on to Bavarian "blues" -- it sounded great to me at the time and I even bought an album (Willie somebody). I looked for it but cannot locate it today -- I've moved at least ten times since that trip and that album must have been one of the casualties. Sorry. It sounds like any vestiges of the blues are gone from there today though. Any inner city clubs in the larger metro areas?
Failed to find Willie, sorry. DID find two German blues samplers, however: one from the Inak label (German; as to Bavarian, I don't know!) containing people such as, The Blues Company, Toscho & The Blues Company, Bernard Allison Gp (son of Luther). Great recordings...
Another sampler from the CLEARAUDIO label on *CD* -- how 'bout that -- that sports groups such as: Farnbach & Spieb, Bar Scott, Dunmore, Charly Schreckschuss Band (try spelling THAT from memory... not you, Detlof, the rest of us:-).
There are a couple of blues pieces sung in German. Interesting!
Pbb, it's a tangent all right, but one inspired by your very own recent response ;-)
Gregm, thanks for looking. Good news! My brother has the Willi somebody album and is looking for it now. He'll even burn a CD! I'll let you know if it's any good and will happily make copies for you all if it is ... provided that 25 year old Bavarian blues off a mid-fi record player is something worth sending! Cheers.