Monday, 21 April 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Seventieth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 170 of #lexieschain. Last week da winner was Maggie St Louis Blues from W C Handy. Let's see wot we gots dis week:

So, the Blues. The first artist that came to mind was Robert Johnson, who allegedly sold his soul to the devil in return for his amazing guitar skills. The story of how he met the devil at the crossroads was included in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? So, we're sidestepping into Bluegrass and Mississippi Delta style. Obviously Man of Constant Sorrow would have been a good choice but we've gone with another song from that film soundtrack - Oh Death by Ralph Stanley. The harmonies make the hair on your neck stand up.

Last week @maggietKat won with her link with W.C. Handy's Orchestra with St Louis Blues, after a lot of head scratching I came up with Cab Calloway and Minnie the Moocher, I first saw it when I watched the film The Blues Brothers I loved it.

Maggie T Kat's winning link last week was W.C. Handy's Orchestra with "St Louis Blues".
I suppose you could say that St Louis is in the Beautiful South - of America, that is. Meanwhile, The Beautiful South - the band - named their 5th album "Blue Is The Colour" which contained the beautifully lazy song "Rotterdam".

WC Handy travelled in Alabama n neighbourin Tennessee listenin to n learnin da songs of da poor. He developed, played n published da music. Wen recordins replaced sheet music legendary studios opened like Muscle Shoals near Florence n in Memphis Sun n Stax da birthplace of Southern Soul. Da seminal Soul Man wuz recorded dere, Isaac Hayes son of a Tennessee share cropper co-wrote it, he wuz producer, composer, musician for Stax. Hayes continued Handy's work innovatin n developin Blues n Soul n wuz da first African American to win an Oscar fer music wiv our linky Shaft. Dis stunnin extended arrangement shows Hayes' talents.

Phooey! I cants compete wiv a quad linked linky which took us to “St Louis Blues* by W.C. Handy’s Orchestra. While I woz pondering a linky popped into my head. I fink my mum’s Dad might be responsible cos he duss pop in now an again even tho we cant see him no more and it woz his birfday dis munf. One of her Dad’s favrit singers woz Roy Orbison so I gives yoo “Blue Bayou” which woz also was writted by him.

Well done Maggie for all those blue related links last week. we have stuck with blue as that gives me the chance to link to one of my very very favourite songs which is on my desert island disc lists and that is Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan no reason other than its got blue in there and is fabulous. Have a very happy Easter all fellow chainees.

So another grand linky dis week by Maggie's win last week wid WC Handy and St Louis Blues. Well he was one of da furst dat got started with blues and dat gots us thinking about other singers wot wos fursts and contruvershul too. So our linky dus be going from da 'father of the blues' to the Kind of Rock and Roll in his Blue Suede Shoes....You gots it, it dus be good old Elvis Presley..... 

Well done to maggietkat for her winning song about St Louis. We fort, why not continue the feem with songs named after towns or places? Bruce Cockburn wrote this instrumental after visiting his brother, who was serving in Afghanistan. So our linky is Bruce Cockburn wiv "Comets of Kandahar".

Hi Miss Lexie…last week Miss Maggie chose the excellent St Louis Blues as her link in the chain….that made us look up St Louis on the internet because we may be going there in the summer on our little road trip….I saw that there were lots of famous people from St Louis…and looking for a musical connection I saw that the actress Linda Blair was a native of the City. She is most famous for appearing in the scary film The Exorcist…so this week my link is the creepy them tune from that film by Mike Oldfield from Tubular Bells….Eek! *hides under bed*.

Super winning link Maggie! W.C. Handy " Father of the Blues" moved to Memphis in 1909. His famous " Memphis Blues" began as a political campaign song in a race for the city's mayors office. The Blues Foundation was founded and still calls Memphis home. Among the 2014 nominees for the Blues Music Awards is Susan Tedeschi. " Blues on a Holiday". (Lex: sorry the linky wod not work so I put annuva one in).

We wondered who first sang the blues. Who first sang the blues is lost in history mainly coz they preceded the recording industry. We do know that the blues was a combination of vocal and instrumental music based on the use of the blue notes. The blue note can mean many things but they are considered to be flat notes, specifically the third, the fifth and the seventh. Bit technical? Well hell yeah. All we dus know is we love listenin to the many amazin blues singers that have been. One of the earliest women blues singers was Ma Rainey who we fink epitomises the lady sings the blues. So, here be Ma Rainey and Booze and Blues.

An da winner ... as chosen by  .... @maggietkat ...... dus be ......... @borderpup. Yay! So dat meant you dus be choosin next week Indie!

Ere wot Maggie said: My choice is Bruce Cockburn with "Comets of Kandahar". I loved the cities/places link not mention the great voice. There were so many clever blues links that it was so difficult to chose one because all songs were wonderful. The anipal who got the Linda Blair connection, well done. 

So it's over to you. Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until 27th April 2014 (gets it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title and dussnt forget to send a linky to da video from You Tube!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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