Everybody gets the blues sometimes (don’t know who said that, but it sounds familiar doesn’t it?). Some of us feel life’s pains more acutely than others and fairly often sing, or listen to, the darker side. But on a Friday?
At least in western democracies where traditionally lots of folk work a five-day, Monday through Friday workweek, this day is typically one on which our steps are a little lighter and our outlooks are a bit brighter. So how do you handle it when on this day of definitively happy days you get the blues?
It’s a question that is all too real for me today. I look out my back yard window and see that it is raining…again. Don’t get me wrong, we have needed rain for weeks now and I mostly find a strange comfort in rain. But today, along with a nameless, faceless melancholy that descended late yesterday, I find myself searching for just the right music from my iTunes library. And here, I find an old friend that speaks of the pain and heartache of mankind living in a cruel, hard world.
Stevie Ray Vaughn’s recording of “Tin Pan Alley” on his “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” album is one of the finest performances of blues music that I have ever heard. And so I submit to you probably my favorite blues tune of all time for your Blue Friday listening commiseration.“Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray Vaughn