This is actually not mine. This post comes from a student, Richard, in Brea. He wrote this and was kind enough to let me repost it here. I think he did a great job of defining why we live for and love the music that we do…

[content_box_grey width=”75%”]Can you teach someone to love the Blues?  Can you guide someone to feel the Blues?

What’s the difference between feeling the Blues, and hearing, “Elevator-Music?”

Think of your body, as a total, “Sound System.” You are in control of your own reactions to what you are listening to.

Elevator music is heard, and, restricted to the ear and head area, or, dismissed by other brain activities. In hearing the Blues however, something can take over.

Ears become a chord, connecting an awareness to your own body’s “Sound System.”

You no longer are a listener, restricted to simply hearing music. Your whole being now becomes an amplifier, and the Blues is not contained within, but exuded outward, as your body itself now is a surround sound that must escape your very soul. Toe-tapping won’t cut it.

You simply are compelled to move the sounds, from the ear and head area, to the pit of your stomach. You have now become an actual, “Participant” in the creativity of the Blues.

Your body is now a conduit, a completed circuit, from ears, to soul then, the Blues is  disbursed, and released  as energy.

It may take practice, concentration, dedication and, a sincere desire to feel what so many other people enjoy.

Or, you could continue to  keep it confined to the ear and head area, as so much, wallpaper music.[/content_box_grey]

    8 replies to "Can You Teach Someone To Feel The Blues?"

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    • Dallas Michaels

      Knock his teeth out with a beer bottle. Then destroy his credit. Make love to their old lady and put her on the track. Steal all his good guitars and amps. Leave him his oldest Sunday suit and shoes and one guitar that he has tried to sell and can’t. Now, book the gig.

    • Mike

      I feel it, but I get frustrated at my inability to express it because I haven’t developed the technical abilities.


      I feel this, if you haven’t really got into the blues and decide you want to try. You will know very quickly if its for you or not.. as allot of people i was into country stuff, one day i head B.B. King, and after that i had to find out more about the blues, i think anyone can play the blues, but if you FEEL the blues then things will after a short time be so much easier, i like all tpyes of music but i FEEL the blues inside me when i play and NO two blues players are the same, thats what so neat about playing the blues if you feel it, you will be amazed what you can do all by your-self its kinda like when you pick up your guitar whether electric or acoustic you let your fingers do the walking, then all of a sudden you will come up with words to your own music… unless you plan on being an Eric Clapton and getting rich just playing for yourslef or on the beach maybe someone you just met and sit down and jam a little. thats what i love about the blues. i FEEL THE BLUES not just play, and if you have the correct equipment, and make a mistake no one will even know Bod Bless All Rick

    • Mike

      Very true, listening to a good blues sound emitter puts people in a state of blissful peace it makes us want to be able to be on that creative level. I am striving to reach that point in my musical endeavor and I feel I have made a few strides on my way.

    • Janice

      That is the best description of the blues I ever heard.

    • Janice

      That was the best description of the blues that I ever heard.

    • Suzanne

      I hear ya!

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