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To me, the blues is an infection. I don't think it's necessarily a melancholy thing; the blues can be really positive and I think I think anyone and everyone can have a place for the blues. It need not always a woeful, sorrowful thing. It's more reflective; it reminds you to feel.
The blues is like a planet. It's an enormous topic. You can't ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It's a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don't know where I would be. It's indelible and indispensable.
I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.
A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin', and that's the blues.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
Don't waste your time away thinkin' 'bout yesterday's blues.
Jon Bon Jovi
When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it's a pretty honorable position to be in.
The blues is instilled in every musical cell that floats around your body.
Blues was my first love. It was the first thing where I said, 'Oh man, this is the stuff.' It just sounded so raw and honest, gut-bucket honest. From then I started rebelling.
I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock.
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
The blues - the sound of a sinner on revival day.
William Christopher Handy
I don't want to be in some big beautiful place that nobody want me, because I play the blues.
When you break it all down, my punk rock is my dad's blues. It's music from the underground, and it's real, and it's written for the downtrodden in uncertain times.
I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
Without the blues, modern music would be nothing like it is now - not remotely.
Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother's aunt who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and a few others.
B. B. King
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.
What's so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as they're being gospel and songs of praise, they are also the blues.
You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.
Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.
I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I've never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I've wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn't work.
B. B. King
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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