Weekend Beats. A Bellyful of Blues.

Part of the fun in learning the harp has been getting in deep with the blues masters. I’ve been listening to everything I can get my paws on, and the raw emotion in so many of these old blues recordings is like nothing else. So for this “Weekend Beats” I thought I’d share with you a playlist of some of the songs I’ve been digging. You can get them all on iTunes, but please enjoy a tremendous sample of the legendary Big Mama here. Now listen to yer Mama and send that lazy little red rooster on home, it’s time for the weekend!Sad Hours – Little Walter, The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Black Rat Swing – Bowling John Greene & Phil Wiggins, Living Country Blues USA Vol 1.

Sloppy Drunk Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson, Bad Luck Blues

How Blue Can You Get – BB King, Live at the Regal

Little Red Rooster – Big Mama Thornton, Best of the Blues, Live in NY

You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care) – Bo Diddley, Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Chitlin Con Carne – Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, Hoodoo Man Blues

Off the Wall – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, What’s Shakin’

Good Morning Lil Schoolgirl – Sonny Boy Williamson, Bad Luck Blues

Little Rain – Jimmy Reed, The Very Best of Jimmy Reed

Baby Please Don’t Go (Live) – Muddy Waters, Fathers and Sons

Trouble in Mind – Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell

Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters, All Night Long Muddy Waters Live!

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Harp Lessons.

Before my daughter was born, I used to take weekly blues harp lessons (please don’t call it a “harmonica”) but I found it challenging to keep up with a newborn so I laid my harps down for a while. Now that she’s two and an independent woman, I knew I wanted to get back into playing.  My teacher lives on Waverly in Greenwich Village on the fifth floor of a walk-up building.  Maybe this is by design: if you can’t hack the climb up, you probably don’t have the wind to play the blues?  Regardless, my teacher Leslie has been playing blues harp for decades and as soon as you hear a few notes you know you’re in the presence of someone who can play the hell out of this thing. It’s a seriously bad ass sound when done right. And the weapon of choice is Hohner’s Marine Band 1896.I’ve found the thing with playing the harp is you can become mediocre at it fast enough but to be good undoubtedly takes years.  But at $40 a lesson with Leslie, it may be one of the more reasonable deals in town.  Another reason to love New York City: can learn the blues from a serious Village great without having to hike to the crossroads.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.