I can t seem to pour my heart out

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  1. ndcaster

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    hey OP, you suck, your life is boring and conventional, your marriage is dull, your kids think you're a square, and soon you'll be replaced by a robot

    you're welcome!
     
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    Ironically enough, I think you’ve got a great story to tell. The, “I Got No Hellhounds on My Trail Blues”. You can get a nice call and response thing going at the bridge: “I suppose I could solo endlessly, da da da da. With a minor pentatonic box, da da da da...”
     
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    I once heard it said that one can't play/sing the Blues until he's lived them.
     
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    Holy **** you can’t write a country song either!
     
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    My wife and I were in Hawaii years ago and a little group was making the rounds of the tables playing songs and getting tips. When they got to us, I said "play a sad song". They looked at each other and paused... they couldn't do it. Based on this experience, I'd predict that if you go to Hawaii, normal songs about inanimate objects might appear to be incredibly sad.
     
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    Maybe your song needs to tell of the heatrbreak you already know...

    I can't sing the blues Blues. - KG

    Strummin' down the story.
    of my life without the blues.
    I may be passing forty,
    but I haven't paid my dues.

    I try to wail the pain,
    I tried to bend the string
    But the story won't be honest
    till I've killed my happy thing...

    I'll spend my life unhappy,
    till the blues, shows up in me.
    I'll only be a happy guy,
    when I can feel the misery
     
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    Not all songs have to be auto biographical.... start writing in the third person! If you aren't into people watching.... this might be a good time to start. There is no shortage of hardship and sadness if you take a look around.
     
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    If you feel your aren't bluesy, talk to some older people, 70, 80, 90....

    I was at a wedding this past weekend, met a fellow in his mid 90's.
    The years were clear to see on his skin, but his mind was sooo sharp. He was 20 something between his ears.
    We chatted a bit, he told me some great jokes -

    Then he told me he was going to his funeral the following day.
    I was confused. He clarified the comment by saying a cousin by the same name and age had passed away.
    He was going to share is respects.

    Also witnessed a great guy walk his son down the aisle at the wedding. The dad is a big strong man, yet clearly gentle and caring.
    He was the first one to shed a tear at the wedding. It was easy to see he loves his kids.
    He later shared an embarrassing moment with me, stating that he bent down to pick up an announcement and blew the crotch out of his tux.
    He smiled and laughed it off, what can you do?!

    Stuff like that can be woven to the blues.
    My dad had a bunch of stories years ago, a child of the depression, youngster during world war, the draft, service, life on the farm, a family, no money....
    A lot of material to glean from others.
    I think the blues can have some humor too, it's all in how you see life.
     
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    WAIT! WAIT! I got it!

    "The I'm Sorry I'm Happy Blues."


    "My life sucks 'cuz I'm too happy to play The Blues."

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:



    I reckon I've had my share of hardship. Still, no matter how rough a road I may have travelled I've met NYC homeless or prostitutes who have or have had it way worse.

    It's not a big stretch between homelessness and prostitution.

    Europeans may have a slightly different perspective, cultural differences and such.
     
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    Plus, a slide, Squier Tele, and a Pignose would probably help... buy lotsa AA batteries, btw...:cool:
     
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    Blues Hammer!!!

     
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    I'm not sure that the old blues stereotypes are terribly helpful. There are plenty of blues tunes that aren't about feeling emotionally "blue". Some that come to mind;

    Blues styles that are associated with dancing. Someone already mentioned jump blues.
    There are lots of blues songs about love/lust.
    There are lots of blues songs about partying.
    There are lots of blues songs that derivative of black church music, which is often meant to uplift.

    Seeming authentic is a big thing in the blues, but I also don't think one has to have lived like a sharecropper to find an injustice in the world worth singing about. There are blues songs about OTHER peoples problems, too.

    One of the things that sometimes helps me find a strong blues phrase... when you practice, start out trying to sing (even if its only in your head) a completely stereotypical blues line like ... "I've Got The Blues"....then try to play that sentence on your guitar, trying to emulate the sound of your own voice. You want there to be some unifying features between the sound of your voice and the sound of your guitar playing. A lot of really effective blues phrasing can be had by phrasing your guitar playing in a way that mimics the human voice, including the natural pausing for breaths. That'll help keep you from overplaying, too.

    When you think of the guitar as an extension of your vocal chords, it opens up a lot of story telling options. Call and Response between your voice and your guitar can be really effective.
     
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    Blind Arvella Gray born Walter Dixon by some accounts was a stick- up man who lost his sight and a couple fingers when he was shot during a botched robbery. The alternate story and more plausible as far as I'm concerned is he was a back door man who was shotgunned by his lover's husband literally as he ran out the back door. Hubby comes home, not blind yet Arvella Gray tumbles out the back door but not quick enough. Arvella covered his face with his hands losing a couple fingers to the shotgun blast.

    A similar story as told by an Englishman who can't be accused of borrowing much of anything from traditional Blues:



    and a blues tune by an Englishman who has borrowed quite a lot from traditional Blues:




    Creeping up on a hundred years after the fact methinks we gotta channel a lot of old ghosts to cop the feel of poverty and misery in the American South during and after The Great Depression.

     
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    My favourite song of my own is one I wrote from the point of view of a fictional character. Albeit a character I have a couple of things in common with.
     
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    You could write some blues about how you just can’t get the blues...
     
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