We were talking about left handed guitars (great thread by Rick Cogbill) and it reminded me of Albert King who played left handed and left his strings inverted. But it also reminds me of blues musicians in general.
Many of these guys were surly characters - drunken, infected with diseases that one can avoid or just plain bad attitudes. However, this angst produced a perfect musical genre to express lament. I call the blues the "genre of human lament".
Unfortunately, this often included a clueless outlook on life:
born under a bad sign, been down since I could crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
wine and women is all I crave..
Clearly the guy didn't get it. But if one can overlook this unfortunate outlook on life, one will find a delightful catalogue of musical phrasing and vocal technique. And it occurs to me that this musical style has great application for Christian themes. Most of our songs are about glory and praise, and that's good. But many Psalms were laments. In fact, we are also called to be mournful and sad for what goes on around us.
So, does anyone else have thoughts around this? Can we Christian musicians bring some blues into the mix?
Sure we can. In fact my former band did. It all comes down to what your idea of "the blues" are!
I uploaded a track for everyone to hear. Think Black Crowes meet Jesus. You'll get the idea.
But like everything else the blues can be redemptive.
Aside from the obvious tendency to emulate Chris Roberts, that's pretty good stuff. Really. And the Chris Roberts thing isn't all bad either.
Hey, I think Chris Roberts emulated Otis Redding.