Blues on My Mind

Blues on My Mind

www.bluesonmymind.com
Discussion of blues music. Each episode analyzes one or two blues songs. Topics cover lyrics, musical structure, history and meaning of songs.


West Coast Blues Fun: Little Charlie and the Nightcats, “Dump That Chump”
Jul 18 • 19 min
Analysis of Little Charlie and the Nightcats, “Dump That Chump.”
From Texas to West Coast: T-Bone Walker’s “Party Girl”
Jul 12 • 19 min
Analysis of west coast blues in T-Bone Walker’s “Party Girl”
More Texas Blues: Johnny Winter’s “Third Degree”
Jul 5 • 18 min
Texas blues of Johnny Winter
Texas Blues: Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Abilene”
Jun 27 • 20 min
Discussion of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Abilene.”
Kansas City Blues, Jump, Rock’n’Roll: Big Joe Turner
Jun 20 • 19 min
Analysis of Big Joe Turner’s “Jumpin’ at the Jubilee” and other songs
Mean Women, Mean City: Lonnie Johnson’s “Low Down St Louis Blues”
Jun 8 • 21 min
Analysis of mean women in Lonnie Johnson’s “Low Down St Louis Blues”
Blues Places: Susan Tedeschi’s “Friars Point”
Jun 1 • 18 min
Blues places in Susan Tedeschi’s “Friars Point”
Jimmy Rogers’ “Blue Bird”: Happiness or Dread
May 24 • 22 min
Analysis of symbolism of blue bird in Jimmy Rogers’ “Blue Bird”
Playful Ambiguity: Memphis Minnie’s “Black Cat Blues”
May 11 • 19 min
Analysis of playful ambiguity in Memphis Minnie’s “Black Cat Blues”
Powerful Restraint: Muddy Waters’s “Howlin’ Wolf”
May 5 • 21 min
Analysis of powerful restraint in Muddy Waters’s “Howlin’ Wolf”
Boll Weevil as Real and Metaphorical Pest in Charley Patton’s “Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues”
Apr 27 • 22 min
Analysis of boll weevil in Charley Patton’s “Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues”
Impotence and Menace: Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster”
Apr 14 • 21 min
Analysis of impotence and menace in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster”
Woman as Milkcow: Robert Johnson’s “Milkcow’s Calf Blues”
Mar 27 • 20 min
Analysis of woman as milkcow in Robert Johnson’s “Milkcow’s Calf Blues”
When a Monkey Isn’t a Monkey: Tampa Red’s “She Want to Sell My Monkey”
Mar 16 • 20 min
Analysis of monkey metaphor in Tampa Red’s “She Want to Sell My Monkey”
Mules and Labor: Texas Alexander’s “Levee Camp Moan Blues”
Mar 9 • 23 min
Analysis of labor and mules in Texas Alexander’s “Levee Camp Moan Blues”
Woman as Trickster: Muddy Waters’ “Mean Red Spider”
Mar 1 • 20 min
Woman as trickster in Muddy Waters’ “Mean Red Spider”
Wanting to Be “Stung”: Memphis Minnie’s “Bumble Bee”
Feb 23 • 21 min
Analysis of Memphis Minnie’s “Bumble Bee”
Frustration and Sublimated Anger, North and South: Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied”
Feb 17 • 21 min
Analysis of frustration and sublimated anger in Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied”
Extended Sexual Innuendo: Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues”
Feb 7 • 22 min
Analysis of sexual innuendo in Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues”
Veiled Threats: Debbie Davies’ “I’m Not Cheatin’ Yet”
Jan 20 • 21 min
Analysis of veiled threats in Debbie Davies’ “I’m Not Cheatin’ Yet”
Women make (sexual) demands: Ida Cox, “One Hour Mama”
Jan 12 • 22 min
Analysis of female sexuality in Ida Cox’s “One Hour Mama”
Sexual innuendo and a touch of violence: Big Bill Broonzy’s “I Feel So Good”
Jan 5 • 19 min
Sexual innuendo and violence in Big Bill Broonzy’s “I Feel So Good”
Responding to Cheating with Humor: Albert King’s “Laundromat Blues”
Dec 28, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of the response to cheating in Albert King’s “Laundromat Blues”
Government “Relief”: Kirk Fletcher’s “Welfare Blues”
Dec 23, 2018 • 21 min
Analysis of government “relief” in Kirk Fletcher’s “Welfare Blues”
Underneath the joy: Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Bring It on Home”
Dec 15, 2018 • 23 min
Underneath the joy: Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Bring It on Home”
Faith in Justice: Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Farther Up the Road”
Dec 7, 2018 • 22 min
Faith in justice in Bobby “Blue’ Bland’s “Farther Up the Road”
Dream and Reality: Big Bill Broonzy’s “Just a Dream (On My Mind)”
Nov 29, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of dream and reality in Big Bill Broonzy’s “Just a Dream (On My Mind)”
Blues as defensive posturing: Muddy Waters’s “I’m Ready”
Nov 16, 2018 • 21 min
Blues as defensive posturing in Muddy Waters’s “I’m Ready”
Blues as Hope, Anger, Revenge: Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Springtime Blues”
Nov 10, 2018 • 19 min
Analysis of hope, anger and revenge in Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Springtime Blues”
Blues as prison sentence: Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, “Joliet Bound”
Nov 3, 2018 • 23 min
Blues as prison sentence in “Joliet Bound”
Blues as Meditation on Death: Skip James’s “Cypress Grove Blues”
Oct 26, 2018 • 21 min
Analysis of the meditation on death in Skip James’s “Cypress Grove Blues”
Blues and Alcohol: Robert Johnson’s “Malted Milk”
Oct 19, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of blues and alcohol in Robert Johnson’s “Malted Milk”
Blues as Abandonment: Ma Rainey’s “Memphis Bound Blues”
Oct 7, 2018 • 20 min
Analysis of abandonment in Ma Rainey’s “Memphis Bound Blues”
Blues as Betrayal: Eddie Boyd’s “Five Long Years”
Oct 1, 2018 • 21 min
Analysis of betrayal in Eddie Boyd’s “Five Long Years”
Blues as Anger in Muddy Waters’s “Southbound Train”
Sep 26, 2018 • 23 min
Analysis of anger and frustration in Muddy Waters’s “Southbound Train”
Blues Personified: Jimmy Rogers’s “Blues Leave Me Alone”
Sep 14, 2018 • 21 min
Analysis of the personification of the blues in Jimmy Rogers’s “Blues Leave Me Alone”
Everyday Blues: B. B. King’s “Everyday I Have the Blues”
Sep 8, 2018 • 20 min
Analysis of having the blues in B. B. King’s “Everyday I Have the Blues”
Carpe Diem: T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle”
Aug 30, 2018 • 20 min
Analysis of the time of carpe diem in T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle”
The Time of Tradition: The Nick Moss Band’s “The High Cost of Low Living”
Aug 18, 2018 • 21 min
The Time of Tradition in The Nick Moss Band’s “The High Cost of Low Living”
The Time of Story-Telling: Son House’s “Death Letter”
Aug 12, 2018 • 23 min
Analysis of story-telling techniques in Son House’s “Death Letter”
Revenge and Justice: Freddie King’s “Someday, After Awhile”
Aug 4, 2018 • 21 min
Analysis of justice and revenge in Freddie King’s “Someday, After Awhile”
Fantasy: B. B. King’s “Beautician Blues”
Jul 29, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of fantasy in B. B. King’s “Beautician Blues”
Youth and Retrospection: Memphis Minnie’s “In My Girlish Days”
Jul 21, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of youth and retrospection in Memphis Minnie’s “In My Girlish Days”
Realization: Bumble Bee Slim’s “Fattening Frogs for Snakes”
Jul 15, 2018 • 23 min
Analysis of the time of realization in Bumble Bee Slim’s “Fattening Frogs for Snakes”
The Extreme Present: Tommy Johnson’s “Canned Heat Blues”
Jul 8, 2018 • 23 min
Analysis of the extreme present in Tommy Johnson’s “Canned Heat Blues”
Waiting: Bessie Smith’s “In the House Blues”
Jul 3, 2018 • 23 min
Analysis of waiting in Bessie Smith’s “In the House Blues”
Waiting: Muddy Waters’ “Long Distance Call”
Jun 30, 2018 • 22 min
Analysis of waiting in Muddy Waters’ “Long Distance Call”