Stormy Monday

26 Nov


Yeah, it’s a Stormy Monday here…in more ways than one. We need the rain, so I’m not too disappointed in the storms that we’re having. Yet, facing a rainy Monday after a long holiday weekend is excruciating pain. A pain that can only be captured by the Blues.

T-Bone Walker (The Original)

Stormy Monday was written and recorded by T-Bone Walker in 1947 , reaching #5 on the R&B Charts in 1948. It was one of the first hits to feature the electric guitar and has served as a pre-requisite for every great blues guitarist. Even the great B.B. King has said that hearing Stormy Monday lit the spark in him to be a guitar man.

The song appropriately captures that Monday feeling. You know, the “you’d rather be dipped in honey and lay down in a bed of ants” feeling? The Allman Brothers re-popularized the song in the ’70s, but I couldn’t find their version. You’ll just have to be satisfied with these other fine performances.

Stevie Ray Vaughn & Albert Bell Eric Clapton

Eva Cassidy

John Mayer

Now, you’re going to tell me that a man that “gets” and can play Stormy Monday like THAT, seriously thinks Justin Timberlake rawks?

1 + 1 <> 3.


Posted by on November 26, 2007 in blues, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, weekdays, work


4 responses to “Stormy Monday

  1. shrewspeaks

    November 26, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I am not sure what I love more…your Mayer slam or the “dipped in honey” comment…let’s just say I really needed that laugh today!

  2. music maven

    November 26, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Well, I mean, in what universe does “JT” equate with Stormy Monday or Bold As Love?

    And, if NSYNC’s retiree IS a music afficienado, then the crime is even worse than I first imagined.

    Glad I could provide humor. It IS my shield from massive depression. On the other hand, I took a drug test today. 🙂

  3. Colette

    November 27, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    It was Stormy Monday here last night, my ancient Mom wound up in the hospital because of flu at her old folks home (nothing serious, we hope) and those bleeeeeeeeewwwwwwwws captured my mood completely.

    Loved it all, MM, but especially hearing Eva Cassidy get down. What a talent, and if not for the Internet I would never have known about her.

  4. Macy

    December 16, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Well done amazing You tubes. Macy


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