Who once said...
"...well that's my story and i'm sticking to that. So let's have another drink and let's talk about the Blues.
Blues is about dignity, it's about self-respect, and no matter what they take away from you - that's yours for keeps. I remember how it was, how every medium - T.V. and papers and radio and all those people were saying: 'You're on the scrap-heap, you're useless', and I remember how easy it was to start believing that. I remember how you'd hear people take it for granted that it was true - just 'cause someone with an ounce of power said so. And that's a problem now, too many oddballs, too many pocketbook psychologists and would-be philosophers with an axe to grind. But there's a solution, it's not easy, but it's a matter of coming to terms in your heart with the situation you're in, a matter of choosing how things go for you and not having things forced upon you. There are plenty of forces against you, forcing you against your will, your ideals - you've got to hope for the best, and that's the best you can hope for - you've got to hope against hope...
I remember something Sal Paradise* once said, he said: 'The city intellectuals of the world are divorced from the folk-bodied blood of the land and are just rootless fools'. So listen, when the smile, the condescending pat on the back comes and says: 'We're sorry, but you're nothing, you've got nothing for us and we've got nothing for you', you say: 'No', and say it loud: "NO!", and remember, people who talk about revolution and a class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love, and what is positive in refusal and constraint...such people have a corpse in their mouth..."
The Story of the Blues. Never forget. Say it loud - "NO!"
*actually it was Jack Dulouz, not that it matters much.
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