Keats writes the blues

“The blues is truth, truth the blues.”

Keats_PortraitMy near-relative Arnold – he’s my late great-aunt Charlotte’s brother, sent a bunch of us three blues songs he posted on his website:

Insomnia Blues
Cigarette Blues
Statistician’s Blues

One of the recipients was his nephew Jonny Rosen, he of the band Annie and the Hedonists; Jonny is married to Annie. Got to see them perform their “eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz and swing, and folk roots Americana.” Check ’em out if they come to your neighborhood. Here they are performing You Don’t Know.

Arnold wrote: “Truth is in the blues and the blues will set you free. Speaking of truth through the blues. wasn’t it Keats who wrote in Ode On A Grecian Urn:
‘The blues is truth, truth the blues,’ – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. The Mississippi Delta blues singers well understood that.” See, for example, here.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

One thought on “Keats writes the blues”

  1. Roger, you know me. Love me some blues – Chicago, Delta, Texas, and of course my beloved BB… Annie is a fun singer. Doesn’t take it too seriously, just sings the song with abandon. Best for me is the setting for the vocals – that effortless, gutbucket feel you don’t find anywhere else. Thanks for this! Amy

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