Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blues and the Music of Aging?



After listening to the blues channel a bit this morning, I'm starting to think that's where you go if you want to research the poetry of aging. Bettye Lavette's "Talking Old Soldiers," for instance, is a brooding piece about a forgotten man whose friends are all buried now at the local graveyard. I also heard James Armstrong's "Blues at the Border" in which there are the lines "You see the world has changed. We got blues at the border."

I say that the blues may be the music of aging, but with the caveat that both these songs are by baby boomers. The blues covers all kinds of misery and joy, and in aging, just as in other life experiences, there's both. And as I close this, I hear Joe Hinton singing the classic, "Funny," also known as "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away."

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