Winners and their blues

Winners of this blog's first Blues Lyric Contest are suitably troubled -- and all get Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson Play the Music of Ray Charles DVDS to ease their weary minds. All have expressed regrets they can't get to  Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts of Wynton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra celebrating for Mary Lou Williams' centennial or  alto saxist Maceo Parker, so sadly those tix go wanting. But that's the blues for ya. . .  … [Read more...]

Midnight (EST) deadline, blues contest entries

Prizes of Jazz at Lincoln Center tix for this weekend and dvds of Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson for the best blues lyrics or prose poem will be determined at 12:01 tonight (11/11/09). Several stunning (!?!) efforts have been received -- via the comments box below -- but I'm not publishing any of them until all the tries are in and the winners have been chosen. Is it hard to write a blues lyric? See my examples from yesterday, or search the web for classics, which are plentiful. Three to five choruses fitting a standard 12-bar blues form, … [Read more...]

Blues lyrics: write to win

For tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center this weekend or a dvd of Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson performing live, try writing a blues. How hard can it be?"Minutes seem like hours, hours seem like days,Seems my baby would stop her lowdown ways" -- Muddy Waters, "Country Blues" "Woke up this morning, looked 'round for my shoesYou know I had those mean old walkin' blues" -- Robert Johnson, "Walkin' Blues" . "Whoa, oh tell me babyWhere did ya stay last night? An' why don't ya hear me cryin'?Whoo hoo, whoo whoo, Whoo who. . . " -- Howlin' Wolf, … [Read more...]