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It wasn't so much that I would ask them how to play. A lot of the stuff I knew from old records.... What they usually talked to me about was how to conduct myself as a person. They tried to keep me away from all the things they went through. They tried to keep my nose clean, and they succeeded pretty good - Jerry Ricks, on time spent with the Old Ones, interview in Blues Review No. 46, April 1999

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You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« on: January 03, 2009, 10:20:55 AM »
Just because those words were the ones that got to be on the record don't mean that it was the only ones that could fit there.  We changed them songs around all the time.  It don't matter what you want me to listen to right now.  I probably never done it again that way anyhow! - Son House, responding when asked to decipher some lyrics from one of his records.  Quoted in Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues by Paul and Beth Garon 

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009, 10:37:03 AM »
That's a cracking good quote to start the year dj.

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 04:33:52 PM »
"Would you like to play with me?"--Henry Townsend's reply to soundman Warren Argo's query as to whether anyone would be playing with Henry at his concert set at the first Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop.

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 04:55:18 PM »
Hi John,

Interested to know, was Henry being serious or was he joking, do you think? I can imagine both scenarios.

Mark.


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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009, 05:44:20 PM »
The curtain would open and you wouldn't see nothing but this big record player...  You know, a Victrola.  Then Matt, he would come out and open the door, don't you know, and then I would step out singing while Hersal [Thomas] was playing the piano.  It was beautiful, child, you should have seen it - Sippie Wallace describes a dramatic stage entrance in the 1920s, quoted in Black Pearls: Blues Queens Of The 1920s by Daphne Duval Harrison

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 06:18:09 PM »
Wow, that is amazing. Reminds me of the stuff we would dream up in school to entertain/impress our friends, very theatrical. I've got to read that book.
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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009, 08:45:02 PM »
Hi Mark,
I believe, from Warren's recounting of the story, that Henry was absolutely in earnest, and made a very welcoming offer.
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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2009, 09:09:59 PM »
He was a good cook too. He'd near cook his ass off! - Hammie Nixon, on hoboing with Jimmie Rodgers, from The Voice of the Blues

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009, 04:57:48 PM »
I just don't find any sadness in the blues... I get a happy feeling when I hear a guitar tuning up. - Etta Baker, quoted in Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues by Paul and Beth Garon 

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 03:14:56 AM »
"If anybody asks you, butcher man, where have you been? Show 'em that long-bladed knife; tell 'em you been butcherin' out in the slaughter pen".

Memphis Minnie, "My Butcher Man"

That has to be the most sexually graphic lyric I've ever heard. Jesus! Haha
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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2009, 08:33:45 AM »
Oh my. I feel just like a teddy bear. - Blind Lemon Jefferson, Teddy Bear Blues

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 02:19:06 PM »
"Say, I got me a little, little woman, five foot from the ground
 I got me a little bitty woman, five feet from the ground
 She's five foot standin' and she's four feet lyrin' down"
   
   --Bob Campbell, "Starvation Farm Blues"

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 10:08:57 PM »
My little woman,
she shaped like a frog,
Every-time I hit it
She yells HOT DAWG

Memphis Willie B.
The Stuff's right here
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2009, 07:28:28 AM »
Her full voice filled the entire auditorium without the use of mikes like we use today. That was singing the blues! I was really inspired and kept plugging to become a singer. - Victoria Spivey, on seeing Mamie Smith perform at Houston's City Auditorium.

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Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2009, 07:40:54 AM »
So Mamie don't you feel blue, 'cause lots of girls wish they were Mamie Smith too. - Mamie Smith sings "Mamie Smith Blues", 1922.
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