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Mr. Gino’s Lounge   Leave a comment

Mr. VDancing to the Blues at Houston’s, Mr. Gino’s Lounge (03/09/08) — Image by kenne

 

The Blues

“The fundamental form in all of American music —
that’s what the blues is. It’s in every folk song,
The sound of the banjo and the sound of the guitar.
It’s in the sound of ragtime, it’s  in the sound of
John Philip Sousa’s marches. It’s hard to get the 
blues out of your sound. Blues is also call and
response, which is democratic form. It generally
has lyrics that described something tragic or sad.
But many times it reverses that and gives you
something that’s hopeful.”

— Wynton Marsalis (NY Times, June 28, 2020)

 

Houston Blues Legends   1 comment

Billy Blues (1 of 1)-2-72Pee Wee Stephens, Pete Mayes, Grady Gaines, Calvin Owens, Joe “Guitar” Hughes,
and I don’t know the gentleman playing bass on the stage at Billy Blues (1999)
— Image by kenne

During our time living in the Houston area, Joy and I were very much into live music, especially the blues. Although there are still plenty of blues venues, many have passed with time. One such place was Billy Blues, on Richmond Avenue on Houston’s trendy westside. Regional and nationally known blues musicians played there for about seven years. Known for its 63-foot-tall saxophone made of Volkswagen Beetle parts and beer kegs, the venue never seemed to capture the same blues feeling of clubs in Houston’s working-class 3rd and 5th Ward communities. “I love the blues. It’s a feeling,” Martha Turner said to Roger Wood in his book Down In Houston: Bayou City Blues. “You got to feel a song, you know. When a person comes into a club to see you, they enjoy your expression, not so much as what you’re singing. They watch your face.”

“You watch this person sing a song,
and it’s almost like you’re doing it yourself.
Know what I’m talking about?
You enjoy that blues.
The Blues is something you can identify with.”

(Martha Turner)

During these trying times, what better way of coming together than with The Blues, and Buddy Guy reminds us,
“. . . you treat everybody just the way you want them to treat you.”

— kenne

 

Lyrics
I've been around a while
I know wrong from right
And since a long time ago
Things been always black and white
Just like you can't judge a book by the cover
We all gotta be careful
How we treat one another
I say

Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath we all look same
Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath, don't we all look the same?

A man in Louisiana
He never called me by my name
He said "boy do this and boy do that"
But I never once complained
I knew he had a good heart
But he just didn't understand
That I needed to be treated
Just like any other man

Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath, don't we all look the same?
Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath we all look the same

I sat my little child down
When he was old enough to know
I said "I fear in this big wide world
You're gonna meet all kinda folks"
I said "Son it all comes down to just one simple rule
That you treat everybody just the way
You want them to treat you"

Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath, don't we all look the same?
Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath we all look the same

Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath, don't we all look the same? Yeah
Skin deep, skin deep
Underneath we just all look the same (the same, yeah)

Skin deep (treat everybody), skin deep
Skin deep, skin deep
All look, all look the same
Skin deep, skin deep
Don't we all look the same?

Katelyn   1 comment

Katlyn-04-01-05-B&W-72Katelyn Turner (04/01/05)– Image by kenne

Every time I see this picture

I wonder what she was thinking —

I can imagine but never know.

— kenne

Down In Houston Blues   Leave a comment

DownInHouston-art-72Down In Houston Blues — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“For the latter half of the twentieth century, Houston has been home to what the
sociologist Robert D. Bullard has identified as perhaps, ‘the largest block community
in the South.’ More to the point, as David Nelson says in an editorial in Living Blues magazine,
the city is also the birthplace for ‘some of the most significant developments in modern blues.'” 

— from Down In Houston-Bayou City Blues by Roger Woods

Blues Legend Jimmy “T99” Nelson   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlues Legend Jimmy “T99” Nelson (October 2001) — Image by kenne

 

Posted December 4, 2019 by kenneturner in Blues, Houston, Information, Music, Photography

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State Of The Blues — Fotofest 2002 Revisited   Leave a comment

Going through some old photos, I found some I took at a 2002 Fotofest event, State of the Blues.
Since we were recently in Houston visiting family, I thought this would be an appropriate time to revisit the State of The Blues.

— kenne

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe “Guitar” Hughes (Fotofest 2002)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe “Guitar” Hughes (Fotofest 2002)

Joe Hughes and Oscar Obear (Fotofest 2002)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe Hughes and Trudy Lynn (Fotofest 2002) 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe Hughes and Trudy Lynn (Fotofest 2002) 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATrudy Lynn (Fotofest 2002) 

Trudy Lynn and Joe Hughes with Diunna Greenleaf Looking On (Fotofest 2002)

Fotofest 2002 — Images by kenne

 

Desert Rosemallow (Hibiscus coulteri)   Leave a comment

Desert Rosemallow Hibiscus coulteri-72.jpgDesert Rosemallow (Hibiscus coulteri) — Image by kenne

We spent the day
driving in the rain
from Houston to Ft. Stockton,
before that
five days of no sun.

This posting
is in preparation
for our return to
the Sonoran Desert
and springtime.

— kenne

A Houston Blues Man   1 comment

Sherman Robertson @ The Rythem Room_edit Hopperist II_edit blogBlues Musician, Sherman Robertson at the Old Rhythm Room in Houston (July 2004) — Digital Painting by kenne

Standing at stage right
Blues fans wait for the intro
One of Houston’s best.

— kenne

Music Explosion — Diunna Greenleaf   2 comments

Music Explosion bluetone Diunna blogMusic Explosion — Abstract Image of Diunna Greenleaf by kenne

Words filling the air
Expressing an enchanted
Anecdotal truth

— kenne

Diunna 2006-12-02-15 blogDiunna Greenleaf (CD Party, December 2006)
— Image by kenne

 

Hotel Table Lamp (2001)   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHotel Table Lamp (2001) — Computer Painting by kenne

Light the first light of evening, as in a room
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.
This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous.

— from Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour by Wallace Stevens

(Shared on this day as we stay overnight in Ft. Stockton on our return trip from Houston to Tucson.)

The Glamour and Romance of de la Renta at MFAH   Leave a comment

Currently, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 28, 2018, is a must see fashion experience, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, which celebrates the illustrious life and career of the renowned fashion designer. Here are four of nearly 70 ensembles in the exhibit. 

Oscar 1 blog

Oscar 2 IMG_3623 blog

Oscar 4 IMG_3625 blog

Oscar 3IMG_3624 blogImages by kenne

 

Posted December 27, 2017 by kenneturner in Houston, Information, Photographic Essay

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Her Smile   4 comments

Girl Friend (1 of 1)-2 Art II blog Her Smile — Image by kenne
(Inspired by our time today at the Fine Arts Museum in Houston.)

Her smile
extrudes the surface
becoming an attraction
to the distraction.

— kenne

 

 

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