What I've learned from the Blues
edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2005
By Zenith Elliott
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005
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Daddy sets up his amp and fender, it's Saturday afternoon and he's feeling the blues...
I can see my Daddy in heaven with all the little children gathered around him laughing, jumping and singing. He's feeling the blues and he's got them feeling it too.
I remember those days when he'd set up his amp and fender he'd start playing and singing with a far away look in his eyes. You could feel his soul celebrating for he had overcome so many obstacles placed in his path having been born in the backwoods of Mississippi in the 1920's. He grew up during a time and place when being a Black man was definitely a drawback.
My Daddy like many Black men of his era grew up to be strong men with morals, loyalty, faith, ethics and the will and determination that is so lacking in our present generation. These men took pride in working and supporting their families. They held high expectations for their children and the communities that they lived in.
They demanded respect and they gave it unselfishly. These men were and still are real men.
My father raised all of his children to be strong and proud of who they were. We were not just Black Americans, minorities and we were never less than anyone...we were intelligent human beings that had the same rights and opportunities as anybody else. Excuses were not tolerated, for if there's a will there's a way. And the way was always expected to be the right way.
Some of you may be wondering what the amp, guitar and the blues has to do with this...Everything. I learned early in life that the blues is the heart and soul of who we are. Too many people whine and complain about broken hearts, hard times and anything else negative. The blues tells a story, teaches lessons and shows the will and determination of those that came before us who endured and overcame worse adversities than most of us can fathom.
How can you learn or understand what you have not experienced? Can you comprehend loss, pain, disappointments, love, joy, happiness if you've never experienced any of these situations?
I don't know about you, but life has shown me that you can't learn a thing if you don't work through the bad as well as the good. These are the things that build character. This is how you keep an open mind and continue to grow.
In my mind, I see my Daddy with his amp and fender sitting in his chair singing the blues. I sing them too. How about you?
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|Reviewed by Hiren Shah
|Good article. Well one has to go southwards to go northwards and positive generally cones only out of negative.|
|Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
|Nice essay. The writing is very good and rythmic and the sentiments very real. Maybe your daddy is jammin with Mississippi Fred McDowell as we speak. Cheers Malcolm|
|Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
And what a marvelous way to learn ... thanks for this outstanding, exemplary write!!
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Marvelous words and thoughts, Mizzlady - and I've truly always loved the Blues - and you've given me another insight into why I probably do - "The blues tells a story, teaches lessons and shows the will and determination of those that came before us who endured and overcame worse adversities than most of us can fathom."
|Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii)
|This is a deleightful article. Your blues sounds like my jazz, the same melody, concentration, and application to a faster beat(urban exposure). Bravo for taking the time to write what many of us feel. My dad was born in 1899 so I need say no more. He's gone but always with me because he was a strong man. Peace! Mikii|