Saturday evening music chat – W.C. Handy

From the librarian’s friend, Wikipedia:

William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a blues composer and musician.[1] He was widely known as the “Father of the Blues”.

Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. While Handy was not the first to publish music in the blues form, he took the blues from a regional music style with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music.

Handy was an educated musician who used folk material in his compositions. He was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from several performers.

Without the blues, there would have been no Duke Ellington. There would have been no Elvis Presley. There would have been no British Invasion, and there’d be no hip hop. There’d be, in essence, no recognizable popular American music as we now know it. So, in celebration of the father of everything we listen to today, some of his music.

Memphis Blues

St. Louis Blues

Ole Miss Rag

W.C. Handy medley played by John Arpin

The Yellow Dog Blues / Aunt Hagar’s Blues, performed by Louis Armstrong

Loveless Love

Let the blues soothe away your cares.

113 Responses to “Saturday evening music chat – W.C. Handy”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    November 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    GE LL

  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    November 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Congrats on your wife’s full time job, LL. I have been gone most of today and trying to catch up. This place is just too busy.
    Hello every one. Hope you all having a good evening.

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    AweSOME! Thanks LL 🙂 Congrats Roberta on #1

  4. November 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Ah, this is excellent LL, I’m ashamed to say I don’t know enough about him, so this is a perfect education! Thank so much kind Sir!

  5. November 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I live in Indiana and this is my rep. I’ve been replying to his stupid ObamaCare tweets today. This was one of my favorites.

  6. November 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I liked this one too

  7. 18 desertflower
    November 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    This is definitely not Billy Joel:) Thanks, LL

  8. 19 desertflower
    November 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    great story!


    The cost of college is becoming an insurmountable hurdle for many families around the country—but not so for the residents of Kalamazoo, a small, vibrant city of 75,000 in southwestern Michigan. Eight years ago, then-superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools Janice Brown made a shocking announcement: Local unnamed donors had pledged to pay the tuition at any Michigan public college or university—for every student who graduated from the school district’s high schools.

    Known as the Kalamazoo Promise, this one-of-a-kind program covers 100 percent of in-state for students who attend Kalamazoo Public Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade; 65 percent for students who attend grades 9 to 12. The only requirements of the scholarship are that students live within the boundaries of the Kalamazoo School District and that they attend KPS continuously. Students can use the funds for up to 10 years after graduation from high school.

  9. November 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Great tribute to W.C. Handy, LL!!!

  10. November 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Arapaho – posted this for you in the previous thread and wanted to be sure you saw it …


    • November 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Dr. Bob!

      The MSM have abandoned all pretense of impartiality.

      Their bonuses must be based on how well they toe the lock-step Corporate directive of “how MSM will undermine the USA this week.”

      How is it possible that the fairness doctrine (which RWNJ are so against) would not require at least ONE television outlet to admit what @JohnJHarwood did today? (posted on a previous thread)

      The American public are not aware of this because the MSM is doing nothing but declaring ACA a catastrophe.

      Here’s something I’ve been wondering about.

      #SFBatKid captured America’s imagination yesterday, both the MSM and general public. The family is from Tule Lake CA, about as a remote a spot in CA as possible (practically in Oregon). My guess is that most residents of that community don’t have medical insurace. I wonder how ACA affects #BatKid’s family, relatives, friends and neighbors.

      • November 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Well, given that they are in CA, it’s likely that they have access to excellent insurance & that #SFBatKid, thanks to #OBAMACARE, will never be denied coverage. Wonder if Senator Boxer or Feinstein could converse with his parents about the issue of his coverage pre- and post- ACA. Would have to be done carefully as the last thing anyone should attempt is to exploit the situation.

      • 24 Bill R.
        November 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        Tulelake, about 25 miles south of my home town, Klamath Falls, Oregon. We lived in Tulelake for about three months when I was almost 13. It is a tiny farming community.

  11. 25 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  12. 26 LDS
    November 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    “The Blues ain’t nothing but the truth.”
    Mr. A.C. Handy, we salute you!
    Thank you, LL.

  13. November 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    WARRRRRRRRRRRR EAAAAAAAAGGLLLLLEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Auburn wins 43-38 in the greatest game I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!! On 4th down & 18, 30seconds left in the game, after giving up a 37-17 lead w/ 8 minutes left in the 4rth Quarter…… this happened!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. November 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Just got a call and gotta run, but wanted to let you know this.

    Bobfr, I replied to your first comment in the previous post, but I got in after the switch to this new one. This is a crappy article in a lot of ways, but gives important difference between GOP and Pres. Obama’s fix for cancelled policies and this difference hits GOP. They are so big on state’s rights, but Pres. Obama gives states rights and they don’t. 3 states have already said no so GOP plan looks tanked because of that anyway.


    …But Obama’s fix does not actually guarantee that millions of people will be able to keep their plans. Insurance is regulated at the state level, and state officials can reject Obama’s request. Secondly, insurers themselves are not required to reoffer the out-of-date plans to consumers.
    As of Friday afternoon, regulators in at least three states had already announced they plan to reject the president’s request….

    …And if many state regulators end up rejecting the change, it doesn’t appear that there would be a big affect on the exchange. Timothy Jost, a health care expert at Washington and Lee University, told Yahoo News he believes the impact on premiums and the insurance market will be negative, but small.

    It would be a different story, however, if Congress compelled regulators and insurers to play ball. Thirty-nine House Democrats joined with more than 200 Republicans to pass a bill Friday that would go a step further than Obama’s plan, by actually requiring the insurers to extend their plans to people who received cancellation notices. Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it passes the Senate….

  15. 40 criquet
    November 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    • 41 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      This will not be reported in the media…especially since the Obamacare part got the loudest applause, which contradicts the media narrative that Dems are running away from the ACA. This is simply not true, and as I stated on the previous thread, 39 red state House Dems do not represent the majority of Democrats where the ACA is concerned.

  16. 42 desertflower
    November 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Dance like millions aren’t watching…… 🙂

    • 43 4morefor44
      November 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      HAHA! that is one of the funniest things i’ve seen in a while! a good, and funny, example of one person being able to change a room, and now the world, through the internet.

  17. 45 desertflower
    November 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm


    Ironically, it seems perhaps the team developing Healthcare.gov at the Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health & Human Services figured that out themselves long before the press and Republicans in Congress began bemoaning in shrill schadenfreude what a disaster the rollout has been even when a rocky start should have been expected. Back in November of 2012, with less than a year to go before the now month old October 1st, 2013 rollout d-day, HHS turned to the open source community for help, and they got it. Quickly, teams from nimble tech firms like Teal Design and Design Seed started working on the project, and posting their code to Github.

    And while this embrace of open source by a program that had been weighed down by the burdens of the normal procurement process was a case of too little, too late, it also makes the case that HHS is actually on the right track. An open track, for open government. And while this version of the site isn’t yet everything that was envisioned by Obama and his team in the first place, given enough time to evolve from the open exchange of ideas, and the open exchange of the code that makes those ideas happen, we should ultimately expect to see this site become more than anything any of us ever imagined. And that will inspire the next killer app for open government, and the next, and the next, with the ideas and the code that can make those ideas work spreading virally from government to government.

    And, writ large, the trend this will spark portends a very sunny forecast for the future. A future where democracy is increasingly thought of as not only of the people, and for the people, but also by the people.

  18. 50 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Africa is tweeting out some righteous rant truths about the media! BRAVA africa. 🙂 🙂

  19. November 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    OK, as I was scrolling down to get here, I caught a glimpse of a mostly naked tub of lard dancing.

    Am frightened to find out who posted that naked jelly belly…

    Check out this response to my David Gregory tweet on last thread.

    What the Hell is wrong with with Don Lemon? Is there such a thing as Black Privilege? Completely uncalled for, and will only appeal to bigots. Makes no sense at all.

    MSM propaganda machine has totally gone off the rails.

  20. 55 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  21. 61 desertflower
    November 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Nancy Pelosi to smack down David Gregory tomorrow on MTP….around 10:30am hour…

  22. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Someone joined others to have their voices heard on a critical issue – one community at a time;

    By the way DF, this seems to be from AZ – so some in your neck of the woods are paying attention;

    words on tee-shirts were small and there is no visible banner/posters to indicate the issue that was being protested;

    try to stop and encourage participants whenever, activism for progressive cause is highlighted;

    the issues the protest focused on are critical – the participants should be applauded for focusing on these;

    Photo says a lot about those who try to stymie progress – they will not succeed as long as young people are motivates to participate in pushing for change;

    Was very impressed by the many young people who joined in the protest – with these kind of youth, the world is in good hands

  23. 65 dotster3
    November 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    CNN is airing a rerun of their Jonestown special. It is still as shocking today as it was 30 years ago that such a horrific thing could possibly happen. It’s the origin of “drinking the kool-aid”, of course, but it is still just so unfathomable how so many people could fall under the influence of a deranged, psychotic, messianic father figure that they would line up with their children and commit mass suicide—-even tho there were some who did not go willingly and “needed help”, but 303 children died that day, among the 900+ who died. How could this be? It’s a frightening prospect that humans could succumb—-could surrender—to such a fake and evil “religious” influence. 400 bodies were never claimed, these nameless, faceless victims, and are buried in a mass grave in Oakland.

    • 66 anniebella
      November 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I do not watch TeaNN (CNN).

    • November 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Hiya Dotster, I watched a documentary on it recently, not sure if it’s the same one, and I really had completely forgotten the true horror of the story – and so many of the details. I had no idea 400 bodies were never claimed. 400? Ah, no words.

    • November 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Yes, indeed, dotster. And, I’ve never used that phrase because of its grossly tragic origin.

    • 69 4morefor44
      November 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      the brainwashing jim jones did is not much different than what “the news” and republicans do to the average republican/libertarian voters. i’m not trying to make light of that horror…i really feel it’s the same pyschological process. think glenn beck.

  24. 70 amk for obama
    November 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  25. November 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm


    Your assessment of the assault on democracy that was launched by the GOP in Oct was spot on.

    Voters need to get their torches and pitchforks out against:
    – MSM propaganda machines and GOP stenographers
    – Financial services sector (now known as casinos propped up by taxpayer $$$)
    – SCOTUS
    – Vile congresscritters

    Ran out of space on this tweet; article is from June 18, 2012, but don’t recall seeing it before now. Showed up in my #Discover timeline from @CuestionMarque.

  26. 72 Jovie
    November 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    This is important bc the whole beltway news wants to see what the Bush peeps have to say -apparently.
    Therefore , All talking points for beltway Pundits originate from morning Joe.
    You’ll hear it there first…
    So the donors, are using Scarborough as the point guy to win the messaging war every day.
    You follow?

  27. 73 amk for obama
    November 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  28. November 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  29. November 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    This is truly over the top …. but …. 😉

  30. November 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    • November 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Last night I finished watching the last episode of David Starkey’s “Monarchy”, which dealt with the modern Windsors. He had a very interesting take on where Charles will take the monarchy. If it continues along the same path, it will eventually fade away. But with the adoration of business which Thatcher and New Labour ushered in, Charles is already forging a path to reclaim altruism and community. Dr. Starkey’s words: “Imagine what the Prince’s Trust will be when it’s the King’s Trust.” His deeply held belief in volunteerism and community will be a direct rebuff to the unfettered capitalism of the past 30 years. So, yes, the idea that all rich people are greedy assholes concerned only for themselves is as false as the idea that all poor people are sainted.

      • November 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        Excellent insights by Starkey re: Charles.

        ” So, yes, the idea that all rich people are greedy assholes concerned only for themselves is as false as the idea that all poor people are sainted.”

        This is true, LL. I happen to know quite a few rich (some very rich) people, and they are doing amazingly good things.

  31. November 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    In tonight’s cocktail news: I’m making my Manhattans with Rittenhouse rye whiskey, rather than Evan Williams bourbon. The taste difference is quite noticeable, but subtle.

    Carry on!

  32. November 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Cracking up: one of the banned nutjobs on the site went by the name of Gros …. so when Yardarm and Bob both declared LP’s mankini pic to be “gross”, their comments ended up in spam!

    • November 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Our spam filter is more of a shotgun affair, isn’t it? Whenever I post a tweet by e*clectic*broth*a (yes, I have to type it like that or it will go into spam), I go into spam.

      • November 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Ha, funny you should mention that LL! I removed Eclectic from the blocked list today for precisely that reason, EBrotha is one of my fave tweeters, but there was a complete loon here who also used the name Eclectic – hopefully EBrotha’s tweets will appear seamlessly from now on!

    • November 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Was wondering what happened to that post, Chips … but didn’t want to bother you with having to try to find it ….

  33. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    so gratified by the photos of accounts of OFA meetings and actions

  34. November 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I don’t buy that one. Handy standardized that 12 bar version of the blues but the music itself as stated was around in some form or another, Ellington would have existed whether Handy wrote it down or not.

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