One of my favourite blues lines, found in a Robert Johnson song and probably many other Blues songs was the line of the blues Ã¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÂwalking around like a man Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÅ its as if all your troubles take on a human form
and hit you in the face, in a realism kind of way. These images of the blues or, any early musical forms are significant and influential as they influence and lead into modern culture in such a direct way..the blues had a baby Ã¢ÂÅ and they called it rock nÃ¢ÂÂ rollÃ¢ÂÅ ..etc Ã¢ÂÅ the sixties bands, were influenced by these early blues influences Bo Diddely ( who has just recently died ), Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, the list goes on, Indie bands were in turn shaped by the sixties bands or even seventiesÃ¢ÂÅ and the new wave today Ã¢ÂÅ
So I thought, as you do, if the Blues was Ã¢ÂÂwalking around like a manÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ what were other genres of music using as a metaphorical deviceÃ¢ÂÅ or devicesÃ¢ÂÅ
FolkÃ¢ÂÅ .could be basket weaving itself into a metaphorical Wicker Man and symbolically burning garland bouqued virgins in an accordian fest of rebirth, as the burning wicker stumbles across the Southern counties and will fall into a mining disaster of tragedy. In lyrical form it might beÃ¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÂWhen I was on horseback wasÃ¢ÂÂnt I prettyÃ¢ÂÅ when I was on horseback wasÃ¢ÂÂnt I GayÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ or with a north-east slantÃ¢ÂÅ ..Ã¢ÂÂrap her to bank me canny ladsÃ¢ÂÅ .Ã¢ÂÂrap her to bank me hinniesÃ¢ÂÂ..
Ã¢ÂÂin Sixteen forty-nine to St Georges hillÃ¢ÂÅ a ragged band they call the Diggers come to show the PeopleÃ¢ÂÂs willÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ .
SoulÃ¢ÂÅ ..rooted in the Blues could be reborn in the North of England linking Nissan with Detroit Ã¢ÂÂMotorÃ¢ÂÂ city and have Chris Rea sing in a foggy smoggy voice about the A19, the Road to Hell, and motervatin from the Wear to the Tees in a motor car metaphor Ã¢ÂÅ like a Ã¢ÂÂFord ThunderbirdÃ¢ÂÂ or a Nissan Micra, something with pistons and gearsÃ¢ÂÂ that doesÃ¢ÂÂnt drive but burnsÃ¢ÂÅ .
Ã¢ÂÂGonna wait till that midnight hour Ã¢ÂÅ when my love comes a tumbling downÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ
ReggaeÃ¢ÂÅ ..is on metaphorical over drive ripe with imageryÃ¢ÂÅ ..Love, Nationalism, Emperor Hilay Selisay, green plants spring to mind a metaphor for growth and regeneration, red, yellow and green, the flag of a different form of consciousness from the confines of the old order. So a huge green plant will tower over the lyrics of
Ã¢ÂÅ .Ã¢ÂÂJamminÃ¢ÂÂ JamminÃ¢ÂÂ I hope you like jamming tooÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ
Ã¢ÂÅ ..Like a Rhubarb leaf over my allotment, asparagus over my Aldi fuelled Euro-greens, Celtic running out on a green pitch of verdant green diamonds.
And the rhythms will carry us on to the next song Ã¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÅ in a four-four reggae beatÃ¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÂcondeming the hypocritesÃ¢ÂÂ
Rock will Ã¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÂeat itselfÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ and regurgitate as a black- leather decked decadenceÃ¢ÂÅ .rooted in motor-bike teenage crash horror of unrequited sex and desireÃ¢ÂÅ .
.Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm sorry I hurt you the leader of the packÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ
Ã¢ÂÂJohnny remember meÃ¢ÂÂ
..or evenÃ¢ÂÅ tragedy turns to desire,Ã¢ÂÅ
Ã¢ÂÂI met a gin Ã¢ÂÂsoaked barroom queen in MemphisÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ .she tried to take me upstairs for a rideÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ .
Ã¢ÂÂhanging on in quiet desperation itÃ¢ÂÂs the English wayÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ ..
The thing that endears is thatÃ¢ÂÅ ..the metaphor is the thing that drives most songsÃ¢ÂÅ Ã¢ÂÅ the theme is the human condition, an empathy of feelingÃ¢ÂÅ .like the blues standing up Ã¢ÂÅ and walking like a man. All genres have in common a kind of emotional intelligence, that moves in song ,ideas that it is the personal the ME the you are singing about the way I feelÃ¢ÂÅ .an empathy a verstehen. This is ratified and ossified and rationalised in a rhythmic understanding that is familiar and special.
Ã¢ÂÂstanding at the crossroadsÃ¢ÂÅ trying to flag a rideÃ¢ÂÅ ..nobody wants to know me Ã¢ÂÅ everyone pass me byÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÅ .