Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
As someone who loves music I owe an immense amount of gratitude to the blues. It is the one genre of music that is the common denominator behind so many of the singers and bands I adore. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and others have payed homage to the old blues singers and their songs. Even Led Zeppelin considers their roots in that genre. But one of my favorite bands that always honored their blues roots was The Allman Brothers Band. They covered such classics as “Come On In My Kitchen” by Robert Johnson, “Statesboro Blues” by Blind Willie McTell and “Trouble No More” by Muddy Waters, amongst others. But today’s song is the one I love the best because despite how many other artists performed this one, the dueling guitar playing of Duane Allman & Dickey Betts is unmatched. Plus, Greg Allman made it his own from the first note he sang. I absolutely adore their version of this song.
“Lord, I’m foolish to be here in the first place
I know some man gonna walk in and take my place
Ain’t no way in the world, I’m going out that front door
‘Cause there’s a man down there, might be your man I don’t know“.
The Allman Brothers Band (L_R): Duane Allman (lead & slide guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriter), Butch Trucks (drums), Jaimoe Johanson (drums), Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), & Berry Oakley (bass) in 1971 as photographed for the cover of their second album, Idlewild South. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
The Allman Brothers Band: “One Way Out” (1972, written by Elmore James, Marshall E. Sehorn and Sonny Boy Williamson)
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