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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by johnny k, Oct 12, 2019.
Hey the world needs non-expressive people too.
Stoicism is considered a virtue by many
"I was drunk... the day my maw... got out of prison,
and I went... to pick her up... in the rain.
But before.. I.. could get. to the station in my pickup... truck,
buh duh duh dum...
she got run over by a danged ol' train..."
Johnny Cash grew up a poor white boy on a cotton farm. He picked cotton as a child. He got his ‘cred’ the hard way.
It may be the language, but your sentence implies that Cash did not have that credibility.
I meant that many country singers can really pour there hart out without ever being forced to pick cotton .. but i also know some did eg cash. This language thing...
They are proof you don't have to grow up on a plantation
Claes, I refer you to this earlier post....
But i like my video games ! Seriously, if you could see what they they fit on a disk !
What worries me the most is that i won t write any george jones type of song. well i wrote that one about barbecue.
Well here you go, then-
Ringo said it best. "You got to pay the dues if you want to play the Blues, and you know it don't come easy." nuf said
I don't know but I figure most guys who write blues songs would like to write a fun song...I'd say a fun song is harder to write. Play to your strengths and hopefully you will be so content that you won't feel the need to write a blues song based upon your own experience
Here's my favourite line from John Lee Hooker (Boogie Chillun):
It's in 'im, and it gotta come out!
So, if the blues ain't in you, there's no way it's coming out.
Okay, John-Lee was talking about Boogie Woogie, but I trust you see my point.
I love listening to the Blues, I can play it on a technical level, but as someone said above, I don't have the 'African American' experience to inform my playing.
You don't have to write a Blooze song, but you can write about things that bug you or that make you sad. Just try to do it in your own authentic voice, and it will sound miles better than pretending to be something you're not.
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if you aren't being yerself then you aren't being anyone.
the toughest act you'll ever have to follow is your own.
tie your balls to a hammer and swing it around and feel the pain. it will come from the heart.
How about "I Wanna Play Grand Theft Auto V But My Video Card Keeps Crashing Blues"
I have some experience in these matters, in that I am an upbeat, positive person, but also endeavor to write a wide variety of songs, including the blues.
I'll draw an analogy;
When my band gets a request to play some Hank Williams, we generally crank out Your Cheatin' Heart, or Jambalaya, depending upon the mood of the crowd.
At that point, I have the choice to either sing the song in my own voice and my own style, or to sing it like Hank Williams.
I choose to sing it like Hank.
I literally, like Rich Little, sing an impression of Hank Williams.
Same with Neil Young.
Same with Steve Perry and Journey.
Okay, how does this relate to songwriting?
Don't write the blues from your own life's perspective.
Instead, imagine a character, dream up details of his or her life, and then write from that perspective.
As you craft the song, and play it and sing it, you will be channeling that person. Much like David Bowie did with Ziggy Stardust, you won't be performing as you, you will be performing as that tortured soul that you crafted in the first place.
Give it a try.
Your blues identity -
No need for plantations. And please enough with these ridiculous misconceptions... Many of the top bluesmen were educated and generous gentlemen. But many won't see it, can't see it. It's the stereotype only. Yeah yeah the devil and the slave and the booze etc.. But that's part of the story only. Albert King
Wasn't like that. Nor was BB. Nor was Elmore James or Howlin Wolf. . Come on..
You don't have it in you till you open your heart and horizons. It needs to open before it pours.
pouring ones heart out..... hmmmmm
try exploring existentialism, nihilism,the stuff that deals with life is meaningless and your gonna die no matter what you do and your life will amount to nothing, meaning nothing and you will turn to dust unremembered and you will soon as you get it your pour your heart out cause you will get
"them dirty low down kicking my ass, without mercy blues"
A song I wrote as a 14 year-old:
I woke up this morning
the sun was shining through
I rose from my bed of loneliness
and found that I have paid my dues...
Empty Bed Blues!
Empty Bed Blues!
Paid my dues!
Empty Bed Blues!
I was also including the moniker Blind Lemon in my stage name at this time (1967).
I need that 350 k telecaster blues.