Walkin' In Memphis pt.2

Well, Walkin' In Clarksdale would be more accurate, I guess. We made the hour-plus-change drive down this morning to check out the spot where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for some guitar chops. I have to say the spot was not what my mind's eye had fabricated - the actual Crossroads of fame is in the midst of a very busy intersection of two regional highways. And by all appearances it would be well lit even on the darkest of moonless nights. Nonetheless, it was pretty cool to see a spot that has been seared into my consciousness since my middle teens. We also went to the Delta Blues Museum, which was incredible. There's a picture of me standing by its sign, but I don't want to inflict that on you. Suffice to say that the overwhelming feeling I got ambling through the exhibits was how easy I, and all of us, really, have it compared to the musicians who created this music form. It's true we all get "the blues", but man, those folks were living the blues. And the music that we so revere and try to play was the vernacular of their lives.

Wow, that was heavier than I intended. Sorry about that.... So. Tomorrow the IBC competition starts. Beale St. was a lot more busy tonight than last night. There were showcases by some of the international acts in some clubs, and a couple of jams going on. Check in and orientation is tomorrow starting at noon.We'll get our venue assignments and starting times then. More to come!!! 

2 comments

  • Peg Bennett

    Peg Bennett

    Heehee....looks like you are making the most of your time there. Getting excited for you.....

    Heehee....looks like you are making the most of your time there. Getting excited for you.....

  • GWheezy

    GWheezy Flagstaff

    Excited for you!

    Excited for you!

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