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Insanely — That’s The Blues By Any Other Name   2 comments


I went out to the insane asylum
And I found my baby out thereI said
“Please come back to me darlin
‘What in the world are you doin’ here?”
Then the little girl raised up her head
Tears was streamin’ down from her eyes
And these are the things
That the little girl said
“When your love has ceased to be(Lord have mercy)
There’s no other place for me(Mmm mmm)
If you don’t hold me in your arms(Oh child oh child)
I’d rather be here from now on”
“Some people have it halfway fare
Without your love I ain’t nowhere”
“Oh I can’t eat and I can’t sleep(Oh child oh child)
Lord I can’t even live in peace(Mmm mmm)
Please take me baby for your slave(Oh oh)
And save me from that early grave”
“Some people have it halfway fare
Without your love I ain’t nowhere”
And then sorrow struck my heart
Tears began to stream down from my eyes
The only woman that I ever loved in all my life
Out here in a place in a condition like this
And I began to thinkin’ about
What my mama told me when
I was a little boy
She told me when
I couldn’t help myself
To get down on my knees and pray
Then I fell down on my knees
And these are the words that I said
“Save me save me save me, babe
Save me save me save me, dear
Whoa, I don’t know just how I made it
But I’m so glad our love is here
But I’m so glad our love is here
But I’m so glad our love is here”
— Willie Dixon

Posted May 3, 2013 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Music, video

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Diunna Greenleaf — Do You Want Me To Stay?   3 comments

Jonn Richardson, Diunna Greenleaf & Bob Corritore at the Tucson Rhythm & Roots Concert Series

While in southern Arizona, Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy (Jonn, Josh & Veron) appeared at the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series
in Tucson 
and headlined the Bisbee Blues Festival in Bisbee, with special guest, Bob Corritore. At each appearance, they ended their show with
Sly Stone‘s “Do You Want Me To Stay?”

This video contrasts the two starting with the Tucson version, changing to the Bisbee version about half-way through.  
In the club setting, I title it the Koko Taylor version, and the festival is the Etta James version.
Southern Arizona was treated to two super shows.


Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy with Special Guest Bob Corritore on Stage at the Bisbee Blues Festival.

Diunna Greenleaf — Images by kenne

“Turning Circles, Time and Again”   Leave a comment

Ashton Savoy @ Ken & Mary's Blues Project, 2002

As I near my 69th birthday, I’m beginning to realize that I’m not as up on current music as I used to be — looked at Andrew Dansby’s top ten selections for 2009 and didn’t recognize any of them. Now, I seem to notice things on living legends, like the new documentary on Patti Smith, “Dream of Life,” and the obituaries of musicians (NY Times – The Music They Made) who past on this year. Here are links to four posting I did on some legends this year:

With this theme in mind, it seems fitting that I share a verse from my poem, “Dark Spirits,” that I will be posting soon.

There are no words to describe
Still, I keep trying,
Turning circles, time and again
To make these feelings go away


The Blues are the roots. . .   Leave a comment

Willie Dixon once said, “The blues are the roots, everything else is the fruit.” That’s why we must keep nurishing the roots — it’s all about the roots! And speaking of the roots, here a great video with Koko Taylor, Keb’ Mo’ and some great visuals


Posted June 7, 2009 by kenneturner in Art, Blues

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