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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Blues with Derek Trucks

Lately, I've concluded that I must be a blues fan. Why? I went to see a concert of Derek Trucks a couple of months ago, just to sample new music in the ongoing attempt to broaden myself. Ever since, I've been listening to all his cds on a near daily basis. This is quite an interesting turn, of course, for someone whose musical taste always ran from 70's rock to 80's new wave to grunge and the current incarnation of rock.

However, that a rock fan would like blues is really not such a mystery. After all, rock has some historical roots in blues.

And, if you'll notice, a LOT of rock songs have some really downer lyrics---

"Go on, abuse me more, I like it" - Silverchair

"I'm the man in the box, buried in my shit" - Alice in Chains

"Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort" - Papa Roach

Not all rock has a dementor quality to it, of course, and for those rock songs and groups that do, it not necessariliy a bad thing. Downer lyrics, in both blues and rock, can have a cathartic or purging effect.

Anyway, here's vid clip from Youtube showing one of Truck's best pieces, that clearly has an indian (not native american) sound and basis to it. I saw this song performed in concert and I can tell you, the crowd was enthusiastic. It takes a while to get going, but if you hang in there you'll see that its amazing. If for some reason, this clip "goes missing", just go to Youtube and search for "Derek Trucks Sahib Teri Bandi".

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