Everything comes out in blues music: joy , pain , struggle . Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance.
The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad.
The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.
The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It's better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
You have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the Blues.
Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music.
The whole of life itself expresses the blues. That's why I always say the blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling and understanding. The blues can be about anything pertaining to the facts of life. The blues call on God as much as a spiritual song do.
Blues musicians don't retire. They drop.
Some of the greatest blues music is some of the darkest music you've ever heard.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.
I listen to blues music a lot and that's a good person feeling bad and celebrating that pain by releasing it in that kind of joyous fashion.
I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.
Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there.
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that.
They say the blues is sad, but when B.B. sings 'I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spreads her wings,' that don't sound too sad to me!
But between sets I'd sneak over to the black places to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where I was making my living at white clubs and having my fun at the other places.
The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.
We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.
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