The Blue Yonder

When listening to blues artists, I’m often absorbed in the intricacies of their musical technique; vibrato on the end of a well-timed string bend or a cleverly constructed drum fill that moves the song to a new level. However, it’s seldom this technical ability that gives a song an austere blues quality. Rather it’s the emotional input that flavours the song, the ability to feel the music and inject guitar licks and rhythm changes that mirror emotions. Much like an acclaimed writer who uses a plethora of words to construct sentences that convey powerful meaning, so too must a blues musician utilize a vocabulary of licks and fills to provoke an emotional response. Irrespective of the nature of the emotional response, be it happy, sad or angry, the best artists are those who evoke feeling. I am always impressed when a song (especially if it is instrumental) can weave a storyline and leave me with goosebumps.

An artist that undoubtedly embodies this form of musical expression is Seasick Steve. His down-and-out-gritty-hobo-boogie style of blues is a true example of how simple, yet expressive music is often the most powerful.

~ by Ian on November 22, 2010.

One Response to “The Blue Yonder”

  1. Yeeeehaaaah! Grab me a beer and fry me up some possum! What an awesome song! I challenge you not to tap your foot while listening to it…

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