Friday, February 13, 2009

OSF or Blues on Friday the 13th?

I look forward to each Friday not because it's the start of the weekend, but because I get to dig down and focus on music via Old School Friday. I like it so much I mentioned it in the opening of an essay on another site. This week's theme is the blues, and I gots to tell you that me and B.B., Billie Holiday, and some other blues legends are too closely acquainted or maybe I was born to like the blues because I was born in Memphis, Tenn., "home of the blues."

I'm digging this theme more today because yesterday and today I blew up over a conservative post objecting to healthcare reform and used language that would never be allowed on OSF, and Revvy Rev would probably have to give me a lecture if I went to his church. LOL. I later removed that comment from that site for the sake of peace and harmony, but I was so angry I was shaking. OSF helps me de-stress, thank God.

Uh, huh! See, y'all didn't know I lose it sometimes. I know some people think I'm little Miss Proper. I wasn't surprised at all when my old boss was shocked that I could dance, but maybe that's part of the reason his my old boss and not my current boss. It's my mom's fault. She wanted me to seem like a little lady.

Anyway, I'm posting an extra song (not video) that is part blues but has some parts not really traditional blues and comes from a band across the pond. Those British guys like to claim they understand the blues, and I guess everybody does at times.

This popular song is from that NJ gangster show, The Sopranos, and by Alabama 3. Really, this song is how I'm feeling at the moment. I definitely "woke up this morning (and yesterday too) with a blue moon in my eye," which is why I went ballistic on that healthcare post.
There's no video for the full song, which talks about the blues in the beginning.

Black history note: here's cool video about why W.C. Handy is called "Father of the Blues."

My first video is a classic clip with Billie Holiday and jazz man Louis Armstrong, "The Blues are Brewing." Y'all know I'm in New Orleans, so I had to get in Satchmo.

I told myself I wasn't going to post this next one because going with B.B. King is so obvious, but I love this song. So, here's "Three O'Clock in the Morning" and moves into "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother." It's poetry, especially when he shares a memory in the middle.

I would've posted "My Eyes are Green" by Erykah Badu, but it just missed the cut-off, was released in 2000. :-)

The creators of the Old School Friday meme are Mrs. Grapevine and The Marvalous View and has these rules, if you want to join the party.

Other participants:

Electronic Village | Fresh And Fab | Danielle | Kim | Ms Grapevine | Quick| Marcus LANGFORD | Cassandra |iriegal | Mahogany | Hagar’s Daughter | Lisa C | Chocl8t | DP | Dallassouth | John | CC Groovy | Kreative Talk | Marvalus One | Regina | Clnmike | Vivrant Thing | AJ | Sharon | The Creole Pimp | Invisible Woman | Beleiver 1964 | Cooper | SJP | Bria | BklynQueen 86 | Hey Shae | From the Battlefield | Thembi | D Spot | Malcolm | Pop Art Diva | Pjazzypar | MsLadyDeborah | WSATA

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MrsGrapevine said...

You are only the second person to play Billie Holiday. I wanted play Lady, but I couldn't find my song on youtube. Oh well, at lease she's represented this week.

You could have posted Erykah, we break the rules all the time...

BB King is the King of Blues, and I like 3 O'clock in the Morning...We now call this booty call, but back then it was just 3 O'clock in the morning...

Mahoganydymond said...

Great choices... I tell Billie always bring tears to my eyes.. I love her music.. I think I am just a blues fan all together.. I love me some Memphis... I only been there once but I didn't want to leave when I went..

Vérité Parlant said...

Thanks for the tip on exceptions to the rule, Mrs. Grapevine. Made me laugh withe booty call comment. My how the language has changed in meanings.

Mahogany, I'm fortunate because Memphis is a straight shot from NOLA, and one of my favorite aunts lives there still.

Revvy Rev said...

I tried to comment earlier, I guess I must have done something wrong. You know that I would never lecture you. Some things are supposed to make us angry. I have been known to curse an occasional fig tree myself.

I like your choices. They are exceptional. Yes. I noticed the similarities.

Vérité Parlant said...

Thanks, Rev. :-)

Hey Shae! said...

Cool choices, and educational to boot.

Regina said...

Love me some Billie!!

msladydeborah said...

Lady Day has been on heavy rotation on my personal play list this year. I love her music so much.

I also have much love for Satchmo. I grew up listening to his music during my childhood.

Great choices.

Marvalus said...

Yeah...the rules are there, but they are not concrete, like Mrs. G says...

I still cry at Billie's songs...I haven't quite figured out why yet...

Great choices!

SjP said...

So sorry it took me soooo long to get by here. I loved the cheating piece you wrote on Blogher. Glad "I Smell a Rat" worked out! LOL.

I love all of your picks last week. Billie is always a favorite and the Sopranos...well what can I say!

I will definetely not be a stranger!