Date registered: Sep 2004
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Originally Posted by Teutone
When it comes to Big Mama Thornton "Hound Dog" for sheer energy. Does anyone remember the old Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green?
FTL, re House of the Rising Sun, a little jam session of Terry & Eric with neither feeling much pain.
What is neglected is the sheer emotional depth of Thornton's poetry - enabling artists like Joplin to take the song into a stratosphere of her own personal pain and loss. The lyrics stand by themselves as a powerful expression of the effect of love that is so all encompassing the person affected is powerless to its affects. It is a masterpiece. One sees the same abstracts in The House of the Rising Sun, but in this case one's seeming powerlessness over hopelessness rather than love, but in this case one is left to question why the singer is powerless, but the value of the song is that it allows us to identify with similiar experiences in life where we felt enslaved yet ultimately we were really victims of ourselves blaming others.
In Mama Thornton's song, the commonality of human identification to the feelings she expresses is so universal, that we all can see it is the one thing we are unconditionally enslaved by - passionate love. But only those trapped in the world of hopelessness can find the same identification with the lost prostitute who bewails her fate. The two songs have the same theme - slavery. The Blues are ultimately our connection to the cultural of the slave and it gives us a view of emotionality through the lens of it. Mama Thornton served time on a chain gain, and it is incredible how she finds the metaphors between that experience and her experience with men.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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