Blues Music

My favorite genre of music is blues. There is no more honest an expression of music than blues. can sit on a stool with my guitar and sing pretty songs about flowers and how in love I am or I can tell the truth and weep for all that I have lost–I’ll take the latter, the honest route. Straight forward honesty, that is what the blues is all about. The blues is not looking for sympathy or comfort, just a way of letting out all that angst, anger and sadness.

The Beatles have established themselves (in the eyes of many) as the best band ever, while I would not give them such a title, they were a fabulous band. However, I can honestly say that I only truly enjoy about 50% of the music put out by The Beatles. Their early work was all about love and sunshine and it disgusts me. The Beatles peak was (in my opinion) during the White Album. They stopped caring about making pop crap and focused on being true musicians.

My favorite Beatles song is “Yer Blues”–the opening line being, “Yes, I’m lonely…wanna die”

Though, The Beatles are like children when it comes to playing the blues. The true blues power lies in the hands of many men. Men like Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Healey, Jimi Hendrix and so many more.

One of my favorite blues songs is an Otis Redding tune called “Groaning the Blues” a song best performed by Eric Clapton.

The lyrics are pure sadness, the guitar is crying and the rhythm is heavy and slow.

Lyrics to “Groanin’ the Blues” :

I’m so tired of moaning,
tryin’ to groan away my blues
I’m so tired of moaning,
tryin’ to groan away my blues
I keep weepin’ and cryin’
every time I think of you

I would rather die of starvation,
perish out in the desert sun
I would rather die of starvation,
perish out in the desert sun
Than to think of some other man,
holdin’ you in his arms

My heart gets so heavy,
Lord I shakes down in my bones
My heart gets so heavy,
Lord I shakes down in my bones
I can’t hurt a murderer,
oh Lord but I’m forced to weep and moan

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Defeat as a Function of War

One of the most common words associated with war is defeat. It has been said that in war, there is no victor. For blood is always shed by both sides, and I find this to be true. To measure victory as account of who has spilled less blood seems a wonderfully Neanderthal practice. Still, such is the duality of man that we can crusade for “peace” by route of its reciprocal. Yet, war is a seemingly endless practice, whether it be hard right republicans or terrorist extremists…there is no end in sight. So the question is no longer, “How can we win?”, rather, “How can we lose the least?”…puzzling. 

 

Anatomy of Defeat

We begin with Dedication to our cause.
We soon become Exasperated by failure.
We begin to feel Foolish at our attempts.
We once again become Earnest to achieve.
We become Aroused with our new found drive.
We stride for Triumph as we previously did.

Defeat

Defeat initially embodies a negative connotation but it does not always have to be as such.   Defeat can be the driving force behind success and it often is. Still, defeat is often as it is assumed, negative. There are two definitions of defeat and they have highly contradictory implications. The noun implies that you have been defeated, that you have lost, but, the verb implies a victory over someone in a form of contest–it is entirely up to you…verb or noun.