What you can find here?
After putting on-line MyBlues.eu which narrates my literature journey through the early blues and its roots, and after inviting all of you to share how you feel about the blues on ThyBlues, I found it a natural step to open up a third panel to the triptych : OurBlues.
Its goal is simple: to gather articles which I have appreciated personally as very inspiring in my literature journey, and which I would like to share with you all hoping that you might find them also stimulating to conduct your own journey into the blues.
Does this mean that I agree with all the author contends? Not always, but its presence here means that I find it interesting enough to consider and to provoke a debate.
When I have obtained the authorisation from the author, I will reproduce the article in its full length. In the other case, I will only quote a few lines, followed by the Internet-link which guides you to the further reading on the source. If you however feel that there might be an infringement on copyrights, please do contact me immediately to allow me to take the appropriate steps and remove the post.
You find my coordinates here : http://about.me/erwin_bosman
Before you start strolling around in what will be an ever growing documentation center, I would like to give you a personal consideration. When I started this project in the beginning of 2011, I saw it as a rather scientific/neutral and educational operation which would allow me to understand more about the music I was so fond of. Meanwhile, after a couple of months, I have learnt that one cannot write or talk about blues without any form of social commitment and deep emotion. My publications on “MyBlues.eu” have aroused very different reactions, the more because I do not silence my personal opinion. Some have admitted to have learnt something, and that made me very happy. Some have thrown most aggressively formulated reactions to my writings, stating very clearly that I do not understand one bit of black music and that my articles are more an exercise in typing than in writing. One formulated it as “Mr. Bosman knows no more about the history of the blues or Black music than a slab of Granite“. They broke all contact with me. Those reactions came from African American musicians. Others have made it very clear; even white artists, that I can never comprehend blues because I haven’t suffered. There was even one white blues performer who told me literally that he himself was THE blues because of what he went through in his life. He broke all contact when I dared to tell him that his statement contradicts the true spirit of blues, which is not only about despair, but also – and foremost – about hope and survival.
What those reactions have taught me is twofold: one cannot love and study the blues without getting emotionally involved, and secondly: blues will never die, as long as we allow feelings to play a role in the music business. Blues is about life and what it does to each one of us. Blues is life itself.
So, what started out as a rather ‘neutral’ project in the very beginning, has by now grabbed me right by the throat, and went to the deepest of my heart and soul. It fills up my life. But that is precisely the blues is supposed to do, no?
Enjoy the reading with this in mind,