Monday Blues and Pink Floyd Ruse

12 Jul

I came across a funny article about blues music this morning over at Porky’s Place (link: http://counterfeminism.info/2010/06/old-black-men-and-their-woes/).

Porky notes that blues music is an old man’s heavy metal. He says that, “When one is young, one is angry about the woeful state of the world, so one listens to the high pitched screechings of angry young men like Axl Rose and Marilyn Manson, but as one makes his way towards forty, one is more inclined to think “Stuff it all, I’ll listen to some dying old men instead.”

Great stuff there Porky. Blues music finds its roots in personal struggle in a harsh world, focusing a lot on failing relationships, cruelty, oppression and longing. I am a big fan of blues music, especially early blues, and I mean early. The blues that perfectly combines a singer’s gravelly voice with the raw, scratchy recording.

Porky includes some blues lyrics and explanations in his article and I am going to add another lyric to the list, one of my person favorite blues verses. “I’m Ready,” written by Willie Dixon in 1954 and first recorded by Muddy Waters in the same year, is both funny and bluesy. Yes, this is possible. Just look at hokum blues.

Joining Muddy Waters on the “I’m Ready” recording was Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmie Rogers on guitar, Willie Dixon, on bass, Otis Spann on drums, and Fred Below on drums. The collective pride of Chess records. Here is my favorite verse:

“I got an axe handle pistol on a graveyard frame
That shoot tombstone bullets, wearin’ balls and chain
I’m drinkin’ TNT, I’m smokin’ dynamite
I hope some screwball start a fight
‘Cause I’m ready, ready as anybody can be
I’m ready for you, I hope you’re ready for me”

On Saturday night, David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed together for the Hoping Foundation Benefit Evening, an organization that stands for hope and optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation, and they would have secretly gotten away with it if it wasn’t for twitter, cameras and the media.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: David Gilmour (L) and Roger Waters perform at a benefit evening for The Hoping Foundation on July 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/CI Getty Images Entertainment)

Yeah, I know, right. What the hell? Why was I not there? The seemingly impromptu performance took place in Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire.

News of the Waters and Gilmour mini-show, was broken by Fearne Cotton, one of the hosts of the evening, who tweeted about the event in the early hours of Sunday morning.

I found more information from the show on David Gilmour’s blog: http://www.davidgilmourblog.com/

Gilmour and Waters were joined by Guy Pratt on bass and acoustic guitar, Harry Waters on keyboard, Andy Newmark on drums, Chester Kamen on guitar, and Jonjo Grisdale (on keyboards).

They played ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’, a song that was often featured in Pink Floyd sound checks when they were together, followed by ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Comfortably Numb’, and Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two). The crowd was around 200.

I only hope that Gilmour and Waters had a wonderful time. They did help raise 350,000 pounds for the charity, which definitely helps with the fun. Maybe, we can attract them to Madison Square Garden for a large charity show. It can benefit all of the Floyd fans that would pay thousands of dollars to see Gilmour and Waters to join forces!

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3 Responses to “Monday Blues and Pink Floyd Ruse”

  1. Klangspektrum March 31, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    “What the hell? Why was I not there?”

    I say this to all the past events with David Gilmour!

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