What do you listen to when Friday is “blue”?

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.

SRV - Couldn't Stand The Weather Album ArtStevie 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

11 thoughts on “What do you listen to when Friday is “blue”?

  1. Believe it or not, my “I got the blues” music is usually Dan Fogelberg. One song in particular is “Loose Ends” off the “Netherlands” album. The line “I feel like I’m swimming straight up under water, desparatley racing for air” that really gets me.

    • Hey Ed…. I find the other “Dan F.”;) is a great go-to also… for some reason, especially during fall weather. That may be because I recall those beautiful days and evenings in Natchez, as the leaves turned to brilliant colors and Keith, Kevin, and others including myself, gathered and played a lot of Fogelberg’s music. I still listen to him often, though my tastes in music are a bit different these days. Good choice,my good man!

      • Hey Dan, I wish I had started playing bass back then because I missed out pn making alot of good music. But I have made up for it since!

  2. Of course — “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”

  3. Interesting that you listen to blues when blue. Reminds me of a seamstress who says that you get blood out of a garment with spit. I listen to Bob Dylan or Roy Orbison, the first because I feel like we’re old friends, the second because he hits those high notes seemingly without effort.

    • Yeah, that IS interesting, isn’t it? I guess me being a glass-half-empty kind of guy, I just figure, “Go ahead and drink it down to the dregs.”

  4. I always find classical music to lift my spirits. Bach, Vivaldi, anything Baroque or Renaissance usually picks me up.

  5. All the rain has made me feel very lazy and sleepy. There are things that I want/need to do, but I just can’t seem to summon up the energy. After last summer’s drought, I’m trying not to complain, though, even though it would be nice to see a little sunlight. 😉

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