How I found the blues, or rather, how the blues found me!
I grew up and live in a Latin country, where the blues is not a strong influence or is not heard on a regular basis. Our musical heritage is different, it comes from the East. But, as with most love stories, we found each other – or rather, the blues found me! I think I was bound to be “infected” from the beginning, since all my musical tastes have led me where I am, and all I can say is it has been a blissful marriage, though thoroughly selfish on my part!
I’ve always had a fascination as a kid with Fred Astaire and the old musical movies, so much so I was avidly glued to the TV set whenever one of these old movies played on TV. I remember listening with increasing fascination to the big band players and the great American composers, such as Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter and to singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday. Jazz became part of my life and from there to listening to the blues it was only a blink.
I know how I feel every time I hear a bluesman or woman sing or play. I can almost hear their souls, the tears, and the joy! And all I know is that I can’t keep still, there is an involuntary movement, either my feet or my hands or my head or my entire body, its just contagious! Oh but such a sweet disease it is! The blues are a part of my life, as much as breathing is, I guess.
The Riverside came into my life through Raymond65. I remember hearing him spin in some place else when there was no Riverside yet and I stood in awe of this man with his stories and facts and trivia about every musician, every song, and every lyricist! So I became a follower and I got to the Riverside one day and I’ve been there ever since! I found my SL family there and I don’t want to leave!