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Blues on My Mind

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

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

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The podcast I needed

By Vive le féminisme! - Jul 03 2018
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Can’t wait for episode 2!!

iTunes Ratings

6 Ratings
Average Ratings
5
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The podcast I needed

By Vive le féminisme! - Jul 03 2018
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Can’t wait for episode 2!!

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Blues on My Mind

Latest release on May 04, 2020

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Keb' Mo': Updated Delta Blues

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How do you modernize the Delta blues? What are the innovations that can keep the blues alive?  Explore these questions in Keb' Mo's "Perpetual Blues Machine."

Nov 07 2019

22mins

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Rank #2: Revenge and Justice: Freddie King's "Someday, After Awhile"

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How do we recount stories that project out into the future? How do we think about a time when wrongs will be righted? What does karma sound like in a blues song? Explore these questions in Freddie King's "Someday, After Awhile."

Aug 04 2018

21mins

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Rank #3: Blues and Soul: B. B. King and Gladys Knight

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What happens when you combine soul singing with blues artistry? How does a soul singer interpret the blues?  Explore these questions and the meaning of B. B. King and Gladys Knight's cover of "Please Send Me Someone to Love."

Aug 31 2019

21mins

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Rank #4: Everyday Blues: B. B. King's "Everyday I Have the Blues"

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What does having the blues or feeling blue mean in blues songs? Explore the meaning of the feeling of the blues in relation to the music in B. B. King's "Everyday I Have the Blues."

Sep 08 2018

20mins

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Rank #5: Blues as defensive posturing: Muddy Waters's "I'm Ready"

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Why construct a violent persona who waits for a fight?  Why include sexual bravado?  What is Muddy Waters ready for in "I'm Ready"?

Nov 16 2018

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Rank #6: Woman as Trickster: Muddy Waters' "Mean Red Spider"

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Why represent a woman as a spider?  What do spiders represent?  How does one break free from a web?  Explore these questions in Muddy Waters' "Mean Red Spider."

Mar 01 2019

20mins

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Rank #7: Blues and Alcohol: Robert Johnson's "Malted Milk"

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What happens when you try to drive the blues away with alcohol? Does drinking help things or make things worse? Explore these questions in Robert Johnson's "Malted Milk."

Oct 19 2018

22mins

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Rank #8: Sexual innuendo and a touch of violence: Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good"

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Explore the lyric expressions and slang of Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good."  Although it appears joyful, there is a touch of tension underneath the happiness.

Jan 05 2019

19mins

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Rank #9: Lonnie Johnson: Revealer of Deceit

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Why does Lonnie Johnson get overlooked as a blues musician? What's different about his music? What is his social message? Explore these questions in "Don't Ever Love."

Jan 24 2020

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Rank #10: Pain behind the Happiness: Billy Boy Arnold

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Why do a tribute album to Big Bill Broozy? How can songs evoke pain and sadness and still sound happy? Explore these and other issues in Billy Boy Arnold's version of "Sweet Honey Bee."

Jan 09 2020

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Rank #11: Tab Benoit: Women and/as Cars

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What's the relationship between women and cars? What does Tab Benoit have in common with Robert Johnson? Explore these questions in Benoit's "Too Many Drivers at the Wheel."

Nov 01 2019

22mins

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Rank #12: Buddy Guy: Keeping the Blues Fresh

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What characterizes Buddy Guy's sound? What do the blues symbolize in songs? Explore these and other questions in "First Time I Met the Blues."

Jan 17 2020

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Rank #13: Blues as Abandonment: Ma Rainey's "Memphis Bound Blues"

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How do people respond to abandonment?  Does gender matter in songs about abandonment?  Is someone's leaving always negative?  Explore these questions in Ma Rainey's "Memphis Bound Blues."

Oct 07 2018

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Rank #14: The Time of Tradition: The Nick Moss Band's "The High Cost of Low Living"

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How do blues songs invoke the tradition of the blues? How do references to songs from the past affect the way we hear songs? Explore these questions in The Nick Moss Band's "The High Cost of Low Living" in relation to Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" and Elmore James's "Dust My Broom."

Aug 18 2018

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Rank #15: Government "Relief": Kirk Fletcher's "Welfare Blues"

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How do the blues tackle the issue of government relief? What happens when the government fails to help those in need? Explore these issues in Kirk Fletcher's "Welfare Blues."

Dec 24 2018

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Rank #16: New Chicago Blues: The Cash Box Kings

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What do the Chicago blues sound like today? How do you put a new twist on an old classic? Discuss these issues in The Cash Box Kings's performance of Muddy Waters's "Country Boy."

Oct 18 2019

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Rank #17: Frustration and Sublimated Anger, North and South: Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied"

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How are a mix of emotions conveyed, especially those around conditions in the North and South?  How do musical styles combine to represent a complicated history of migration and frustrated dreams and desires?  Explore these questions in Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied."

Feb 17 2019

21mins

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Rank #18: Toronzo Cannon: "Bad Contract"

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What's new about the Chicago sound of Toronzo Cannon? What kind of a contract is he talking about? What does it have to do with the history of the blues? Explore these and other questions.

Feb 14 2020

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Rank #19: Fantasy: B. B. King's "Beautician Blues"

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How does a storyteller create fantasy? What cues does the audience listen to? How does B. B. King's Memphis sound with horns help him to create meaning? Explore these questions in "Beautician Blues."

Jul 29 2018

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Rank #20: Love of Young Women: Muddy Waters's "She's Nineteen Years Old"

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What draws men to young women? Why are these relationships frustrating? Are the blues full of misogyny?  Explore these questions in Muddy Waters's "She's Nineteen Years Old."

Dec 12 2019

21mins

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