Looks Like I’m Gonna Have The Porch All To Myself

When I was a teenager, I said, “I’ll play anything. Rock, Jazz, Country, Psychedelic, Pop, I’ll give Classical a go but my true love is the Blues.”

My friends were too busy gettin’ stoned to listen but, still, I continued, “My true love is the Blues coz it’s the foundation for most American popular music (I was parrotin’ an article I had read somewhere). Also,” I said, sans parrot, “it’s one of the few musical genres where a guy can be 83 years old, and become an overnight sensation. And, I figure I’ll be at least that old before I’m ‘discovered.'”

That was a long time ago and, though I’m nowhere near 83, I would’ve figured I’ve done enough 12 bar shufflin’ by now to be approachin’, by those who would know, obscure Blues legend staus.

But it’s not to be. Go to a Blues festival and it’s the babies that get the attention. The younger the performer, the bigger the audience and press.

At Blues challenges, it’s the pretty people in their twenties who are, most times, awarded the top prizes.

Sour grapes?



About joefingas

I am a songwriter, poet, blues singer, and a boogie woogie piano player. I have a grandson but I have no children of my own. All my women have wised up and left me. I was a bum, a wino, a drug/alcohol counselor, a prevention/intervention specialist and a pretender. I have no more time to pretend.
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One Response to Looks Like I’m Gonna Have The Porch All To Myself

  1. The Mom says:

    Say what you want about young blues players. You CAN’T be a good blues artist until you’re at least sixty. Can’t happen. Technically you might be able to play the notes, but you can’t make people feel the pain if you haven’t felt it yourself. You keep playing Joe. Just keep playing.

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