4 years ago, I dove deep into The Blues in order to write a book of blues, or two. And about on a third. But life has been changing rapidly.  And a trip to the doctor’s indicated I got the blues.

  • Stretched too thin.
  • Not takin’ good enough care of myself
  • Not exercising enough
  • Adjusting to life’s drastic changes

And a battery of tests coming…

Ironically, it’s going to take getting back into the blues to get over them.

  • Edit the books
  • Deepen the research
  • Work on the Plan B skills
  • Cut down on commitments – to a minimum

and let myself adjust to the changes

The effects have already been nice. I breathe easier.

And, for example, this morning I was researching blues while half-watching Memphis Blues. The TNT show played an old Aretha Franklin song, “The House That Jack Built.” M’mmm, forgot all about the jam. I stopped the show and listened to the jam for the last hour…so far. The drums alone can make one see why Aretha was Michael Jordan’s favorite.
Take a listen to the song in its entirity.

“I turned my back on Jack. He says he wasn’t comin’ back.”

So I guess I”ll start my research deeper with Aretha.

And for those who like lyrics…here you go:

The House that Jack Built by Bob Lance and Fran Robbins

This is the house that Jack built, y’all
Remember this house!

This was the land that he worked by hand
It was the dream of an upright man
There was the room that was filled with love
It was a love that I was proud of
This is the life, the life that he planned
On the love, the same old loved
In the house that Jack built.
Remember this house!

There was the fence that held our love,
There was the gate that he walked out of
This is the heart it has turned to stone
This was the house, it ain’t no home
This is the love that I destroyed
On the day that I toyed with love,
In the house that Jack built,
I’m gonn’ remember this house!

Oh-ohh wha-a-at’s the use of crying?
You know I brought it on myself
There’s no denying
But it see-e-ee-ems awful funny
That I didn’t understand
Until I lost my upright man

Up on the hill
Everything stands still
In the house that Jack built
I’m gonna remember this house

Listen!
I got the house
I got the car
I got the rug
And I got the rack
But I ain’t got Jack
And I want my Jack back!

I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn’t coming back
I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn’t coming back
Ohhh, Jack
You oughta come on back
Ohh Jack
You oughta come on back
To the one that you built
It’s the same one that you built
You oughta come on back Jack,
Oh now Jack,
I didn’t understand
Until I lost a upright man
Come on back Jack

 (photo credit:  Amazon.com)

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