Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nothing but the Blues

No man can see and appreciate the Gospel until he has learned the blues. In fact, I'm not sure I want to hear from a preacher who doesn't know the blues. Instead of holding forth on such a rich thesis today, however, I would share some blues with you. Then, maybe we'll talk about its theological significance.  The following is a recording of "How Long Blues" by the great early twentieth century bluesman, Lerow Carr, whose tragically short life produced so much beautiful music. 


Now the same song interpreted by Eric Clapton:



And now, perhaps a slightly more unusual rendition, which I think you might enjoy.  It's Lil Rev on vocals and baritone uke, with Brian of the Fabulous Heftones on soprano uke:

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