The Rhyme Report 2nd March 2017
Frankly, the first time for anything can give me the heebie-jeebies but all reports from the man in the big office down the hall suggest the inauguration of Nothin’ But The Blues went off without a hitch (If we ignore Alexa’s microphone being briefly left on at the end of the show.)
Now, we’re looking down the barrel of ‘where do we go from here?’.
And the answer is: Anywhere we damn well please.
Y’see, The Blues is a long, long highway. Branching away from the safety of the tarmac are countless byways, along with a multitude of dusty mule-tracks. Any of them will lead to somewhere either mysterious – exciting – jubilant – or righteous. Occasionally, they may take us somewhere dark or dangerous – possibly, even murderous. But fear not, dear listener. You’re in the hands of professionals.
With newly-fitted bullet-proof windows, The Blues Express will leave the Trés Le Parque at midday (CST) on Saturday – and head south on the Jimmy Reed Highway.
The big man you’ll see behind the wheel will be (the genuinely mysterious) Vincent van Housen. (Please avoid making any direct eye contact.) The shotgun strapped behind his seat is merely precautionary.
As the card-carrying Cultural Detective, your old pal, Gideon will act as your qualified Tour Guide. And whenever necessary, Alexa Reason will be on hand to dispense cucumber sandwiches and smelling salts to the faint-hearted (for a nominal fee).
As we’ll be spending most of this week’s journey out on the open road, you’re gonna hear songs about motor vehicles, a subject with which The Blues has a long association.
(Blues Quiz: Which motor vehicle was produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1932 and 1938? Don’t know? Tune in to NBTB this week to find out.)
Historically, on occasion, the Blues has been described as “The Devil’s Music”. That usually just meant that it was ‘secular’ music – and was described as such, by folk who preferred to only sing Gospel songs at church meetings on Sunday. Thus began the tenuous relationship with the Blues and belief. This week, we’ll hear how the distance between the two is (often but not always) so far removed.
And because we’re wanting to ease you gently into our world, we’ll also reveal just how common the Blues really is in what we often consider to be the Mainstream.
See you this Saturday at Trés Le Parque! And if you can’t make it then, check-in for the special encore, Wednesday night at 7pm (CST).
As always, thanks for listening.
Gideon Rhyme – Cultural Detective