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#1 藍調使我飢餓

很長一段時間,我不能聽藍調。繚繞的滑音,即興演奏難以預料,忽高忽低鑽進耳窩後,仿佛會流竄到胃部,肚子都餓了。飯前飯後,同樣萬試萬靈。

飢餓感是實實在在的難耐,不像情感上的痛苦,可以胡思亂想分心一下。飢餓使我煩燥,眼前的事物再吸引,都抵不住肚皮的空虛。終於找到餐廳,坐下,打開菜牌,餓壞了的頭腦迷迷糊糊,誇大了胃口,最後總是吃撐了。從極餓到極飽,卻總是學不會適可而止。

Greil Marcus在《迷幻列車》寫Robert Johnson的藍調,遊走美國文化最深處的渴望與失落之間。他看清這遍「應許之地」的虛妄,藍調充斥無盡的性愛、暴力、背叛,卻都是源於永恆的欲望。甚至那個最有名的傳說,結他手用靈魂與魔鬼交易,換來一手絕活,就是渴求自己所沒有的。

人性中不可掙脫,填滿空洞的心或身。獲得超過自身所能承受的強大力量,總像夢魘,不知何時反噬自己。換來驚世結他彈奏技巧的Robert Johnson,路上看見碎石,尚且擔心被施咒,寫了一首〈Stones In My Passway〉。吃撐了的肚皮,或許是個警號。

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The Blues in Trenton

(Here is an excerpt from my book, THE EDUCATION OF A WHITE BOY)

Two miles northeast of Levittown is a small bridge spanning the Delaware River that, along its south side, bears this rickety message: “TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES.” I never met anyone in Levittown or in Trenton, New Jersey who was able to explain this locally famous blurb except to joke, What did Trenton ever manufacture, aside from poor quality drugs, that was so coveted by the rest of the planet? 5,327 more words

Flash Fiction: Riff

When you sell your soul, the devil asks for a bill of sale. He don’t make you sign it in your own blood, just regular old ink. 84 more words

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Sold Their Soul For Rock and Roll

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36

According to John Nevius: 343 more words

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Sonic Gems: Elmore James - The Sky Is Crying

American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918.  Before his death on May 24, 1963, he would become known as the “King of Slide Guitar” who used loud amplification and his wailing voice to blaze the trail for all the blues that followed him. 119 more words

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2009 Alabama QB Greg McElroy 'never took a dollar'

Greg McElroy wasn’t accused of taking money for signed memorabilia.

He just wanted to make sure everyone knew that.

The starting quarterback for the 2009 Alabama national championship team that allegedly had players receive money for autographs in December of that year said Tuesday he “never took a dollar” for anything he signed. 490 more words

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Reservation Blues

Sherman Alexie

Once upon a time, Robert Johnson happens upon Big Mama at her home on the reservation. He gives his guitar to a passing Indian and stays with Big Mama to learn to play the harmonica instead. 56 more words

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