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Yep, I'm still "Looking-for-the-Blues," and for those other creative songwriters of all sorts, who are in cohoots together to Butter the
Universe in Blue... You are all Welcome.

Looking for the blues started out as a collaborative concept to find others Blues players and singers and songwriters. However it is really more of a Rallying point for the Blues-folks. You can find collabs, post a new one, and just listen to one of your favorite types of music.

The concept in its simplicity just this:
(Tag your Blues-song, Blues-instrumental track, Blues-lyrics, or what ever you have with (Looking-for-the-Blues).

And Right here is the Forum to Talk about the Blues. All the details will work themselves out from there.

Russ Dirol

Do blues adjacent and blues infused songs and songwriters count?

plural noun: the blues
melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It developed in the rural southern US toward the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s as blacks migrated to the cities. This urban blues gave rise to rhythm and blues and rock and roll.
feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression.
"she's got the blues"
synonyms: depression, sadness, unhappiness, melancholy, misery, sorrow, gloom, dejection, despondency, despair; the doldrums, the dumps, a blue funk
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A kind of jazz that evolved from the music of African-Americans, especially work songs and spirituals, in the early twentieth century. Blues pieces often express worry or depression. The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Count me in for an instrumental or two, Russ! Smile
I'll be tagging away.

me too, just downloaded a delta blues tutorial .. simplify, back to basics

Walkin' the dog, thinkin' 'bout this thread
Just walkin' the dog, thinkin' 'bout this thread
Up and wrote a blues song in my head

I can tell it's challenge time when I start thinking in 12-bar blues lyrics. And I did just write 3 verses of a song called "Cold Cup of Coffee" (because mine was getting cold while I walked the dog).
Probably every fifth or sixth song I write is blues musically, but the lyrics aren't often sad (sometimes funny/sad, though).

My friend, I'm here again to join you in your quest! I write and sing the blues 24 hours a day. i'm looking forward to hearing some great blues tracks and maybe some collaborations? Smile

As usual, I'm down for one or two feeble attempts at blues. hehe

I will probably write a few blues jams this year. I've been listening to a lot of Freddie King lately...

Wow... Looks like I hit a button and turned on power to a lot of Full-Time Creative Brains.

First off Thanks @JamKar for doing all the heavy lifting with that Blue definition above. You saved me a lot of Creative Brain (overtime), in defining clearly "Blues." And yes @katpiercemusic anything goes, Including even anti-blues, political Blues, experimental Blues, and Blue Opera, what ever any of those may turn out to be, when finished. But especially Fake-News Blues.

Keep it down to the simple, "just Tag it" and let's just have some Blues fun...

Oh and @Chip Withrow That's exactly how it works.

Russ Dirol

@Chip Withrow, according to brother BB, you can sing the blues happy too!

I'm pretty used to writing blues lyrics if anyone needs them Smile

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The blues...yes - I'll be taggin' me a song or two as well!

I looked at my FAWM output and saw that 6 of my 17 songs are blues-based - only two might be considered sad or cautionary, and all are humorous.
Two of my favorite blues artists are Bob Dylan and Hank Williams - two you might not think of right away as blues guys. And earlier this week I rediscovered the acoustic blues of Hot Tuna - the duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, both original members of Jefferson Airplane.

Oooooh, I love me some blues. Smile I'm sure my Muse will be in attendance for one or more this time around.

Provided I have stamina to push through 50/90 I'm sure I'll do some blues..... mind you, if I can't keep going, I'll be singing the blues anyway! win-win.

No doubt I'll have a few in the mix by the end of this as well.

No promises, but you might see a song or two of mine with this tag. Maybe.

Sounds like the Blues of uncertainty... That's a good start already
Russ Dirol

My first blues offering of this 50/90:


Meow.... My first for the season....



Not traditional 12-bar, but there's a bluesy vibe throughout this one

I've written a handful of blues lyrics in the past & try to get in at least one set for any challenge I do...hopefully I'll get some in this go round...

I was having a cuppa after recording a song this afternoon and listening to some JJ Cale. I picked up the guitar afterwards and this was the result.


Here's mine, though still just in lyric form.

Another one (won't be my last blues song this 50/90, either):

And when I came to this thread yesterday I found the awesome words by @Donna Devine posted above and set them to music.

Warning political blues song ahead: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/21409

Free instrumental track for your noodling and doodling pleasure. Gospel blues. Piano and bass. I'll be cleaning it up a bit and posting a better copy tomorrow. This is what I got done for a skirmish. Enjoy - and remember to add me as collaborator if you use my track and tag it as #lookingfortheblues. I'll add a chart to the liner notes tomorrow as well. Enjoy. http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/21493

And here's one from yours truly:


Ain't participated yet, so, let's resurrect this good thread Smile
-- "Lord have mercy! --ain't made for pain, rather pleasure plain!" -- me,
... yup, I just love this genre! "blues, r&b, jazz-roots..."

-- Last one of 5090, came last minute and is a one-take with one-takes, and a new instrument every year, instrument Lol

-- From last week, derived from a somewhat, ~but may not be~, obscure Spiritual, and it's known "alternate" -- public domain, so merged and rewrote...
... kinda like it, myself (irrelevant, but --just say'in)

-- Same for this and that --all in the 2min demo time frame one-takes:

(My take on a pub dom "favorite"... well, one of mine! Smile )

-- Ah, edited this one in after posting... my first r&b of this year, "Black Snake Moan", just to be "complete" Wink

my mama used to warn me not to ever let the blues go out of my music, for then my soul would be lost. theres blues in most of my sngs and many are pure blues. im currently putting together a best of album for bandcmp to be called 20 Years of the Blues.