I happened upon this blog hop last week and I couldn’t wait to participate because of my love of music. The premise is this: Try and create a 5 song mix this week, based on this week’s theme, which is Song’s We Love to Jam/Sing Our Hearts Out to in Our Cars. Click on the button above if you’d like to play along too.
I was not blessed with the kind of singing voice that anyone else should have to suffer hearing. I’m well aware of this failing and I do take the rest of humanity into consideration and don’t inflict it upon anyone else. Except my son when he’s trapped in the car with me.
I wanted to try to stick with the “mix-tape” style and have my songs relate to each other in some way. Since my musical tastes are uber-eclectic, that might have taken all week. So I decided to stick in the genre I was feeling today…Blues.
I have a long-standing affinity for blues music, going back to my youth and a pool-playing father and grandfather. One of my early memories is a smoke-filled poolhall with sticky floors and old men laughing against a background of an unmistakable bluesy beat. Anytime I’m in my car and playing the blues, you can guarantee I’m wailing right along with the singer (and I pity anyone outside of the car that happens to hear me).
1. Mannish Boy – I love this version with Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. This is the epitome of a blues song. How can you not love this beat?
2. Further On Up the Road – Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. There are more “bluesy” versions of this song, but the combination of these two modern-day blues guitar powerhouses makes an incredible version of this song that always gets me dancing in my seat behind the wheel.
3. She Just Wants to Dance – Keb Mo. This is another one that I belt out while swaying in my seat.
4. The House is Rockin’ – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. I can’t comprise a blues jam list without some southern rock blues and I had to include this one.
5. Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood and the Destroyers. This is the ultimate in the evolution of blues to rock. I don’t care where I am, even in the middle of the town square at a stop light, its windows down and crank-it-all-the-way-up, singing out loud and off-key and just not giving a damn who hears.
There’s my top 5 jam to/sing to in the car and it was tough just narrowing it down and keeping it on point with the theme. I kept getting sidetracked with other blues music, but I did find a few versions of my favorites that I hadn’t heard before and that’s never time wasted.