Category Archives: Blues

“Fuck Me Pumps”- Amy Winehouse and RIP.

You probably have hear that Amy Winehouse passed away more than a week ago. I was going to feature her in a post when I found out about her death but ended up not doing that for some reason I can’t remember. But I do want to pay tribute to her: an amazing singer and a musician that paved the way for other soulful contralto R&B singers such as Adele.

Different in appearance but two powerful, beautiful singers.

Additionally, if you have been listening to the stories around her death, you might have heard mention of her joining the 27 Club, an “exclusive” group made up of famous musicians that died when they were only 27. Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi, Hendrix, Janis Joplin, JIm Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and now Amy Winehouse are the most famous “members” but many more exist. I know that Amy’s life, like so many members of the 27 Club, was riddled with drug and alcohol misuse, but it is still sad when someone with so much talent struggles with mental and physical disorders that eventually leads her to an untimely death.

And she did have so much talent. Although before her death I was only aware (and in awe) of her more popular songs such as “Rehab” and “Back In Black,” I have since began to listen to her albums from start to finish. And I have yet to find a song I dislike. I think it is her voice. It is unique, powerful, sassy, confident, and beautiful. The background music, the lyrics, and the videos add to the amazingness of the songs but who are we kidding, her voice is the star.

Similar to my Johnny Cash post, I had a hard time picking one of Amy’s songs to feature. But since you have probably been unindated with her music in the past week, I wanted to pick only one of her songs. Not “Rehab” since it hits a little too close to the truth, though it is a great song. How about “Fuck Me Pumps?” She looks so happy, so this is how I will remember her.

RIP Amy. You will always be remembered.

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“Nights In White Satin”- The Moody Blues and I Am Home!

I am home (if that wasn’t apparent from the title)! My research program ended, I turned in my paper, and everything is good… except that I am taking the MCAT in a week 😦 But I am HOME! With my dog! Lets focus on that.

This is the adorable face that greeted me when I arrived home ❤

Also, this is the song that greeted me when I walked in the door.

Thanks Dad.

When I listened to this on You Tube with the music video, I came across a great comment:

Imagine if some artist or band tried to get a song like this released TODAY…?
Producer: It’s not commercial enough! Not enough swearing… say “Mother-f*****’ more! You know… like “Mother-f******s in … white satin… shit… whatever…” Oh, and it doesn’t have a proper drum track. More doof doof! There’s no references to ho’s, pimps, ice, how corrupt the Man is… how you have to kill to survive… that sort of thing. Geez, guys, get with it!

“Nights in White Satin” and all of The Moody Blues music does not fit the “current definition” of music today. Or rather the current mainstream music. I feel like there is tons of music like this being performed but the general public has limited access to it. I don’t know how to get a wider variety of great music to the people, since radio stations only play about 15 top songs on any given day it seems. Hopefully this time of music doesn’t die out. Hopefully my generation can appreciate not only the good popular music but also the oldies and “alternative” music of today.

Do you listen to radio at all? Are you as pissed off at the small music selection they play? Or is it just because I am in a smaller city that the selection sucks?

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“Mary Had A Little Lamb”- Stevie Ray Vaughan

Since my last post was such a downer, I decided to do another post today. So, I don’t know if any of you will know of Stevie Ray Vaughan since he produced music way before I was even born, but he was a famous Texas blues player (I told you I had an diverse range of musical taste). He is one of the best guitar players I know next to The Edge. He was even voted as best blues guitarist by Guitar magazine (no, I do not have a subscription to it). Here is an example of his phenomenal skills. Keep in mind he is playing on a 12 string guitar. Amazing.

I grew up with Vaughan. When other kids were probably listening to Backstreet Boys and N-Sync, I would listen to Vaughan and the other “oldies” my parents listened to. In particular, my dad would play Vaughan everywhere: in his workshop, in the house, and most memorably in the car. It was a ritual that whenever he drove my brother and I to a swim meet he would play Vaughan’s version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which is hands down the best rendition of this nursery rhyme. I would recommend turning up the speakers and listening to the fucking awesome guitar that somehow seems to fit this song perfectly.

Unfortunately, Vaughan will never make any more music since he died in 1990. But his legend lives on as he was induced to the Blues Hall of Fame and he has a memorial in Austin, Texas.

""I'm a black man caught in a white guy's body" - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Anyone heard of Stevie Ray Vaughan before? And if not, do you know a better guitar player that you want to share?

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