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1. "May I?" Jayden sat on the edge of the couch and poured me a fresh cup of tea. He placed his hand over the brew. As his eyes swirled a whirlpool of shimmering blues and greens, the liquid iced into a frozen block. He fanned his fingers and spider lines cracked the ice. Seconds later the tea boiled."You control tea?"Jayden's satisfied smile faltered. "No. I…I control water. The tea, the actual plant doesn't change, however—" He caught my look and nodded. "Ohhh. You were beingfacetious.""If that means joking, yes I was."
Author: AandE Kirk
2. "He's written some great songs. I thought that 'Blues Man' was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute."
Author: Alan Jackson
3. "The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me."
Author: Alberta Hunter
4. "She's no lady. Her songs are all unbelievably unhappy or lewd. It's called Blues. She sings about sore feet, sexual relations, baked goods, killing your lover, being broke, men called Daddy, women who dress like men, working, praying for rain. Jail and trains. Whiskey and morphine. She tells stories between verses and everyone in the place shouts out how true it all is."
Author: Ann Marie MacDonald
5. "My influences have been what I call my four Bs - the primary one being the blues, then Borges, Baraka, and Bearden."
Author: August Wilson
6. "The blues is a mighty long road. Or it could be a river, one that twists and turns and flows into a sea of limitless musical potential."
Author: Billy Gibbons
7. "In blues, classical and jazz, you get more revered with age."
Author: Bonnie Raitt
8. "Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.'"
Author: Buddy Guy
9. "Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion."
Author: Christina Aguilera
10. "I must feel the fire of my soul so my intellectual blues can set others on fire."
Author: Cornel West
11. "And a ride in a hearse tells us we're all close to that final cruise . . . when the body dies and we move on. It's just the body, man. It's just the body. The soul's already gone. So don't be afraid of a dead body absent a soul. It's empty, man. No resident. What you need to worry about is a living body that's lost its soul. Now that is scary, man." - Funk N. Wagnalls, owner of the Grim Reapers auto lot, a character in Professor Brown Shoes Teaches the Blues."
Author: David Mutti Clark
12. "You hear lots of notes, don't you? Some have a major sound. Some have a minor sound. But there's not one blue note among all these black and white keys. The real blues, the soul of the sound, comes from the spaces in-between."
Author: David Mutti Clark
13. "Eve looked away for a moment, then locked her ridiculous baby blues on him. She whipped a knife out of God knows where and held it in front of her face.Oh, crap. She's gonna try to kill Cole's girl."
Author: Debra Anastasia
14. "I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet."
Author: Denis Waitley
15. "I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me."
Author: Derek Bailey
16. "A radiant glow enveloped Alaura. Soft eruptions of various shades of effervescent green danced in the air and frolicked in the locks of her dark blonde hair. Whispers of yellows and blues revealed themselves near the skin, kissing the air with each leap."
Author: Diane Lynn McGyver
17. "This is the East Coast, boy. I know they're pretty laissez-faire about dress in your neck of the woods, but back here 52. they don't let you run around in your bathing suit all year long.Blacks and blues, that's the ticket, blacks and blues… (Bunny Corcoran to Richard Papen)"
Author: Donna Tartt
18. "I'm T. Thorne Rose and I did it hardTil I wound up dyin in the Zen schoolyardCan't you see it's more important here to use your brainThan to poison up your body killin other people's painYes, it's Other People's Pain,That's a trick you might have missedSo let your Sister Rosie hip you to this little twistThe news, the Blues, the pain, the strain,the lies we've heard since birthAre only true if we, ourselves, think that's what life is worthBut when you realize that we are all Queens and KingsYou'll drop the death, take a deep breath,and hear life when it singsDon't get lost and washed away like a teardrop in the rainNo abuse of any kind has ever come to any gainSister T. Thorn Rose from the group Goldensealed"
Author: Doug Ten Rose
19. "My definition of Blues is that it's a musical form which is very disciplined and structured coupled with a state of mind, and you can have either of those things but it's the two together that make it what it is. And you need to be a student for one, and a human being for the other, but those things alone don't do it."
Author: Eric Clapton
20. "Bluestar's coming on patrol? Watch out for flying hedgehogs!"
Author: Erin Hunter Cloudpaw A Dangerous Path Warriors 5
21. "White people were dangerous and snakes were dangerous and now the two were working together, each doing what the other told it to. She was sure she had seen a snake in a weeded ditch with the head of a white man. Right after she came out of the house on the way to Big Joe's, which she had immediately forgotten, she saw it, long and black and diamond-patterned in the ditch with a white man's head. It had blue eyes. The bluest eyes any white man ever had. She was sure she had seen it. She thought she had seen it. Maybe it was only a dream or a memory of another time. Whatever it was, she still saw it every time she closed her eyes, coiled there on the back of her eyelids, blue-eyed and dangerous."
Author: Harry Crews
22. "Wherever I am in the world, I never get Sunday night blues. I suppose it's because I've never worked at any one thing long enough to start hating it."
Author: Hayley Mills
23. "I wanna record these girls individually. And then, I wanna cut a blues album on me. But all of it, original stuff, you know. When I listen to the blues today, it's like they all sounds similar. I wanna do something different, to try to add to the blues flavor."
Author: Ike Turner
24. "I listen more to music when I'm on my computer. I'm into the latest YouTube thing. I'm a nanosecond kind of listener, but if I'm driving I would be listening to a Merle Haggard box set. It's a weird experience listening to 'Working Man Blues' by Merle Haggard and cruising around in a Porsche."
Author: Jason McCoy
25. "Some musicians play blues, others classical jazz or bluegrass. I like to play political roles because I can merge my political interests with my creative interests."
Author: Jeffrey Wright
26. "I had a problem with cops pulling me over all the time for speeding. When I was doing Hill Street Blues, the cops said how much they loved the show as they were writing me up; meanwhile my insurance went through the roof."
Author: Jennifer Tilly
27. "Manhattan's probably one of the bluest parts in the country, and Indiana's definitely one of the redder states. I have sympathy for both sides."
Author: Jim Gaffigan
28. "Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues."
Author: John Mayall
29. "Wildflowers burst from the ground in vivid blues and whites and violets, creating a picture more pleasing than anything her hands could design. She didn't understand how it was possible, but Evan had been right. The abundance of snow had produced an abundance of wildflowers. More than she's ever seen before. Somehow, those cold, lifeless winter months had prepared the land for something breathtaking. Something beautiful. Something brimming with life."
Author: Katie Ganshert
30. "We were in Mississippi. We'd been playing this music, and it had all been very respectful, but then we were actually there sniffing it. You want to be a blues player, the next minute you fucking well are and you're stuck right amongst them, and there's Muddy Waters standing next to you. It happens so fast that you really can't register all of the impressions that are coming at you. It comes later on, the flashbacks, because it's all so much. It's one thing to play a Muddy Waters song. It's another thing to play with him."
Author: Keith Richards
31. "I didn't know that you were supposed to tune the guitar to an open chord, and I learned to play slide with a normal tuning. I think it's a little more melodic that way and doesn't sound so bluesy. Of course, if I could play like David Lindley or Ry Cooder, I'd be a happy man!"
Author: Ken Hensley
32. "As a comedian, you're kind of like a blues musician; you have to live a little bit."
Author: Kevin Nealon
33. "They say that you need to ride the rails for a while to understand the traveling blues. They're wrong. To understand the traveling blues you need to be locked down somewhere. In a cell. Or in the army. Someplace where you're caged. Someplace where smokestack lightning looks like a faraway beacon of impossible freedom."
Author: Lee Child
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Author: Liliana Shelbrook
35. "The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues."
Author: Luther Allison
36. "No yoga exercise, no meditation in a chapel filled with music will rid you of your blues better than the humble task of making your own bread."
Author: M.F.K. Fisher
37. "My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues."
Author: Mark Knopfler
38. "The blues are like the fugue in 18th century. It's probably the music that belongs most to our time."
Author: Michael Tippett
39. "A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin', and that's the blues."
Author: Otis Rush
40. "Them pains, when blues pains grab you, you'll sing the blues right."
Author: Otis Rush
41. "Look at the sky. It's not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through: the stars! And you see how they roar their light. Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes."
Author: Richard Curtis
42. "I know some people will be surprised to hear it, but I've found that my music, whether its blues or rock, or whatever you want to call it, can be channeled into a positive direction that actually helps people."
Author: Rick Derringer
43. "Browns seek knowledge, Blues meddle in causes, and Whites consider the questions of truth with implacable logic. We all do some of it all, of course. But to be Green means to stand ready. In the Trolloc Wars, we were often called the Battle Ajah. All Aes Sedai helped where and when they could, but the Green Ajah alone was always with the armies, in almost every battle. We were the counter to the dreadlords. The Battle Ajah. And now we stand ready, for the Trollocs to come south again, for Tarmon Gai'don. the Last Battle. We will be there. That is what it means to be Green. -Alanna"
Author: Robert Jordan
44. "I tried to emulate my favourite guitar players, the old bluesmen like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy. I used to sit by the record player and copy Chuck Berry and the Beatles. You can never copy someone completely, so you end up developing your own style."
Author: Ronnie Wood
45. "Most white Americans only discovered the blues with the British invasion."
Author: Ronnie Wood
46. "Charlie Patton, who was born in 1891, recorded some of the very first blues. In 'Pony Blues' and 'Peavine Blues,' he manages to pile dense layers of rhythms one upon the other."
Author: Tim Cahill
47. "There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to her earlier dreams. Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another - physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. She forgot lust and simple caring for. She regarded love as possessive mating, and romance as the goal of the spirit. It would be for her a well-spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions, deceiving the lover and seeking to imprison the beloved, curtailing freedom in every way." -- Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye"
Author: Toni Morrison
48. "My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period."
Author: Tony Iommi
49. "Funeral BluesStop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,Silence the pianos and with muffled drumBring out the coffin, let the mourners come.Let aeroplanes circle moaning overheadScribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.He was my North, my South, my East and West,My working week and my Sunday rest,My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;For nothing now can ever come to any good."
Author: W.H. Auden
50. "I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place."
Author: William Bell

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