The Blues is Alright-BBKING
B.B. King-Let the Good Time Roll
Some people say, “The thrill is gone or Three O’clock will never be the same because of the peaceful rest of Mr. B.B. King. The bio of Mr. B.B King indicates that the sun rose on September 16, 1925 and set on May 15th, 2015. Growing up, I loved gospel music and still love it; and I enjoyed listening to the blues because I learned that the blues would come in life and I wanted to study the words and see what type of blues people think enough of to write and sing. I was greatly impressed that artist actually was able to make melodies according to challenging things within their lives.
My first experience with the blues was a song entitled “Last Two Dollars,” by the late Johnny Taylor. Within this song, Johnny introduced a lady at the casino who lost all her money and did not want anyone to feel sorry for her. The hopeless lady in the song suggested that if anyone wanted to do her a favor, just lend her two dollars until the next time she sees you. As the song went on, listeners discover that this hopeless lady had two dollars left and made it clear that one dollar was going on the bus fare and the other dollar was for the juke box to hear some blues. I loved the comedy within the song and began my journey of listening to various legends such as: Ms. Betty White, Mr. Johnny Taylor, Mr. Marvin Gaye, Mr. Teddy Pendergrass, Mr. James Brown, Mr. Al Green and Mr. Joe Tex. It was around 1990 that this 1970s teen begin to really understand the concept of the blues is alright.
In the late 1990s, I decided to begin a collection of blues legends so I took a trip to the music store to capture more blues legends and discovered that Z.Z. Hill was a blues man with a message of math and that he believed in giving. As I looked a little further down the row, I saw a CD album cover with a man holding a guitar and smiling. I walked closer to the CD and wondered what could this man be smiling about when he is singing the blues? The B.B King CD album in which Mr. B.B King was smiling on contained songs such as: “Three O’clock Blues, Don’t Answer the Door, Sweet Angel and The Thrill Is Gone.” I purchased the CD and listened attentively to the words in the few songs that I was able to listen to in the distance I had home. As I listened to each song, I could hear a bass guitar which really caught my attention and interest for all of Mr. B.B King’s songs. Many years passed and I continued to listen to the great blues singers on CD albums.
A FAVORITE SONG-Let the Good Times Roll
When looking at all the titles of Mr. B.B King’s songs, I was able to experience his happiness with life with the hit song,” Let the Good Times Roll.” In the song, Mr. B.B reminds listeners that we only live once, so we may as well let the good times roll. Within the song, a good time does not have an age limit and we all can experience a good time. I believe Mr. B.B King had a good time while on earth. While reading the article, I am sure that the range of the late B.B. King fans reaches back from the ages of youth to the seasoned. In conclusion, each person on earth must let the good times roll while it is day, because we will all have to rest one day.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
B.B King Awards
Grammy-The Thrill Has Gone
Grammy Hall of Fame Award-3 O’clock Blues
Kennedy Center Honors
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
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