A Monday Morning Blues Christmas Playlist

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Solstice! Happy Kwanza! Whichever you prefer to celebrate is alright with me! And if you prefer to celebrate nothing, I say, “Celebrate life!” It’s short. So listen to some blues! Here’s this year’s playlist of Christmas blues, and because I celebrate Christmas, and I’m not aware of any blues songs about other winter celebrations (except for Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song, but it’s not really blues), this list is Christmas specific. But please feel free to add to it by dropping a comment below. Always…

Monday Morning Blues Songlist

  The Monday after a holiday seems to always be a drag. After indulging on turkey, pie and fixins, we wake up sluggish and dragging. Maybe it’s just me. But I am certainly moving at a slower pace than usual this morning.   So I thought I’d just share a bare bones Monday Morning Blues playlist of my favorite Monday Blues songs. I will take some liberties here, as some of these songs may not exactly fall into the genre of blues, but I hope you enjoy them anyway. Maybe…

Robert Johnson: Down at the Crossroads

I can’t think of a better subject on the eve of Halloween than Robert Johnson, the Mississippi blues guitarist who was said to have sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for learning to play guitar. It’s an old story. The myth that just won’t die. But how did this myth about a nefarious, midnight meeting at a Mississippi Crossroads between Johnson and Old Scratch that resulted in a contract, in which Johnson becomes a great guitar player and the Devil gets his soul, become the story that defined…

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Flamingo Funeral

I spent the day yesterday listening to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. I just love the Bentonia Blues style. I was reworking a few of the stories in Flamingo Funeral and what better choice for background music? So I thought I’d do something a little different today. Following is a blog I wrote shortly after the book was released and I unexpectedly ended up talking to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes on the telephone. The blog explains how that happened. Following the blog, I have  included the scene from Flamingo Funeral that I used…

Tom Petty: The Soundtrack of Generations

There are a few artists that whenever you hear them you are taken back to a certain time in your life. They provide the soundtrack for the happy days, the not so happy days, the angry, pissed off, ain’t gonna take this shit anymore days. Tom Petty was that artist. It hurts to write was because he left a part of himself with us through his music that will always be present. His death last week was unexpected. A blow to those of us who loved his music. Tom Petty…