A Happy Single Awareness Day to you!
I thought long and not that hard about what to post today.
I decided to go with the story of Son House.
House cut two records back in the early 1930s and 1940s in the true delta blues style. He was known and recognized for his eerie slide guitar skills and depth of emotion in his voice that filled his songs.
The only problem was that because of the Great Depression, House’s records faded into obscurity until about 1964 when delta blues saw a major revival.
His friend and music partner Willie Brown died, and House quit the guitar altogether at this point.
That’s 20 plus years of putting your heart and soul into music and not getting recognized for it. Plus your dear friend died, so you quit the only thing you two were really good at.
You feel for the guy when you hear the heart and soul in his voice on tracks like “John the Revelator” and “Grinnin’ in your Face.”
A great guitar player and blues man once said “Blues is easy to play but hard to feel.”
There’s no question that House could feel the blues.
House eventually got the fame he was due, but man that’s gotta be a long 20 years of sadness. Not to mention the pain of Brown being gone every time he stepped on stage.
He passed in 1988 and probably was much happier then he was throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
So was the wait worth it?