Tagged: blues in limited doses

The Blues Revisited

Not long ago, I wrote a Thought about the Blues, and I said: “Even the ‘living legends’ of the genre, like Buddy Guy and B.B. King, are best enjoyed in limited doses, like ice cream or recreational drugs. Too much and you go into a coma.” I was wrong about that. What I should have...

Nothing But the Blues

Not long ago, a knowledgeable musicologist we know declared that jazz was dead — and had been for more than 30 years. We recall circa 1978 Johnny Rotten (nee Lydon) of the spectacular punk band the Sex Pistols announcing that rock and roll was dead. Opera, of course, has been consigned to the cemetery for...