Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

A sound that is so BB that no one even bothers to try and imitate anymore, at least no one with a bit of respect or any sense of survival. You don’t try to walk in the king's shoes unless you are willing to take the humiliation.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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BB King - Long live the king

Every great blues guitar player has his own sound. A kind of personal tone you can recognize from a mile away, through clouds of cigarettes and alcohol fumes, through crowds of faceless people, a sound that is like a fingerprint , like an iron brand that leaves its very particular scar on every eardrum and soul it touches.

And BB King has the best one. The most efficient one. The most memorable one. A sound that is so BB that no one even bothers to try and imitate anymore, at least no one with a bit of respect or any sense of survival. You don’t try to walk in the king's shoes unless you are willing to take the humiliation.

 
 
We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."
 

It wasn’t a sophisticated sound. It wasn’t complex, it wasn’t elaborating the story of the blues. Small lines. Bits . a couple of notes, a vibrato that never ends, another note. It's all he needed. Nothing to waste, nothing to take the attention off that mystifying sound, that twangy pitch and the abrupt almost laconic phrasing.

BB king often joked about how simple his songs are. He knew who he was, what he knew and what he played, and he was right at home. He said jazz was the big brother of the blues, the one who went to college, and he laughed about his own ignorance when it came to playing anything but the blues. It was that humility, that you rarely see in other kings that made him such a huge icon, by being BB King, by keeping it simple. Very simple.

 
I ask you where you're goin' "
And you tell me where you've been "
I can tell you've been doin' me wrong, baby"
From the shape you're in "
 
Although he was active for decades, and ran successful blues clubs both in new orleans and In New York, Like all great blues player BB King got his final seal of approval by 'the man' when the collaborations he did with big main stream names like U2 brought him to the center of attention of a crowd that did not know the blues. Like all great blues players he brought pride to his genre.
 
 
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it."
 
And then, there was the recordings with the whiter part of the blues world, those who came on their knees to the king and wished to play and bask in his blues. The Eric Clapton cd is as boring as only Eric Clapton knows how to be, but when he played with Stevie ray Vaughn there was such a chemistry in the air, it was like the blues black and white version of laurel and hardy.
 
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed."
 

As a neo Marxist I don’t really like royals but in this case? The man IS the king. What can you do. He is the king of his own domain, from his guitar until the last note fades. Long live BB.

 
Albert King wasn't my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in Blues"
 
The thrill is gone http://youtu.be/4fk2prKnYnI
Rock me baby (w Clapton, guy ) http://youtu.be/4fk2prKnYnI
The thrill is gone (w tracy chapman) http://youtu.be/xVxCtt3s_1M
Midnight hour (w etta james , srv) http://youtu.be/CHFJJM6mJSs
Just a beautiful solo http://youtu.be/MpRIYi721WE