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.

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