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    I don't know a single blues about working in the cotton fields.

    RJ's songs are largely about his relationship with women and his feelings of existential angst - they are two themes which have not changed all that much (in their essence) since the thirties. And, as has been said above, the Blues is the grandfather of ROCK! - I cam to manhood to the tunes of Cream, Fleetwood Mac and later Led Zeppelin, etc.

    I think I'll take the plunge! Thanks for the advice guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by webby View Post
    I just don't get the RJ thing, and white middle class folks in 2012 shouldn't be singing about how hard it is working in the cotton field BECAUSE THEY DON"T WORK IN THE COTTON FIELDS - It's a complete travesty - like the house of blues.
    Right , and for now on no one should play "fly me to the moon" unless they are actually flying to the moon.
    Last edited by Pukulele Pete; 12-12-2012 at 12:21 AM.

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    IMHO, A reading of Leroi Jones' (Amiri Baraka's) book "Blues People" might shed some light on webby's comments.
    Classic blues are wonderful to listen to and interesting to study. But anybody in the 21st century posing as an
    early-mid 20th century African-American blues musician would look and sound quite naive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webby View Post
    I just don't get the RJ thing, and white middle class folks in 2012 shouldn't be singing about how hard it is working in the cotton field BECAUSE THEY DON"T WORK IN THE COTTON FIELDS - It's a complete travesty - like the house of blues.
    I most definitely see your point, but then you don't have to be a white Austrian to play Mozart either, thank God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbekken View Post
    I most definitely see your point, but then you don't have to be a white Austrian to play Mozart either, thank God.
    Yes, and everyone's definition of poser is different. Is a poser one who plays badly, plays well, or plays at all? You'd limit yourself terribly if avoiding anything modern that wasn't blues influenced. Hope you like atonal!

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    I worked in the fields but I'm not black. Can I play the blues? Eine kleine cottonfield musik, anyone?

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    "Can blue men sing the whites?" as Bonzo Dog famously sang

    Well, I have just ordered a copy new from another store for about $7

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    My copy arrived today. I've only had a quick flick through, but it looks very comprehensive and suitably difficult (not a bad thing). I will most likely have an attempt at some of the arrangements over the weekend, so I'll let you know how I get on.


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    What would be really nice for us wannabe cottonpickers is for someone good to make a video of the song exactly as it is tabbed so that we can get the syncopation down.

    I imagine it's not exactly as RJ played it after he sold his soul to the devil.

    There's a real nice ap called The Amazing Slower Downer. You can put in a song or a video of a song and it slows it down as much as you want yet keeps it in the same key. It's only $50. Google it.

    It's interesting that way back then, RJ was eating tamales. Texas born.

    Tamales aren't always thought of as soul food, even if they're red hot.

    Must have been some mixing of the cultures.

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    We had one in our store. Really liked it!
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