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Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope. ...
by Mahalia Jackson

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
- Mahalia Jackson

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul;
man cannot live in health without them.
- Mahalia Jackson

Money just draws flies.
- Mahalia Jackson

This is the place to see the stars -
Hollywood Bowl.
- Mahalia Jackson

 

How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders
without using your hands?
- Mahalia Jackson

You're blessed if you have the strength to work.
- Mahalia Jackson

God can make you anything you want to be,
but you have to put everything in his hands.
- Mahalia Jackson

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The Lord doesn't like us to be dead.
Be alive.
Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord,
because He said so.
- Mahalia Jackson

When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
- Mahalia Jackson

Time is important to me because I want to sing long
enough to leave a message.
I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would
dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
- Mahalia Jackson

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
- Mahalia Jackson

My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
- Mahalia Jackson

I'll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
- Mahalia Jackson

The trouble with records is that they're too short.
- Mahalia Jackson

It is easy to be independent when you've got money.
But to be independent when you haven't got a thing,
that's the Lord's test.
- Mahalia Jackson

Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin,
although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
- Mahalia Jackson

Without a song, each day would be a century.
- Mahalia Jackson

The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good.
Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
- Mahalia Jackson

Everybody needs somebody.
- Mahalia Jackson

Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
- Mahalia Jackson

Sometimes you ask God for something and you don't know what you're asking.
- Mahalia Jackson

Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me.
Don't talk skin to me.
- Mahalia Jackson

If you believe in God, He will open the windows of
heaven and pour blessings upon you.
- Mahalia Jackson

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning,
you better see if you can locate that check.
- Mahalia Jackson

The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
- Mahalia Jackson

Put your mind on the gospel.
And remember - there's one God for all.
- Mahalia Jackson

I don't worry too much about the script,
I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
- Mahalia Jackson

They thought I was a success as soon as I started paying the bills.
- Mahalia Jackson

Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit,
yelling for help.
- Mahalia Jackson

I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
- Mahalia Jackson

I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
- Mahalia Jackson

Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same
trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
- Mahalia Jackson

When you are through with the blues,
you've got nothing to rest on.
- Mahalia Jackson

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about.
It's today's blues.
- Jimi Hendrix

I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel.
The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues.
Deep Purple also started out as a blues band.
- Greg Ginn

I guess music, particularly the blues,
is the only form of schizophrenia that has organised
itself into being both legal and beneficial to society.
- Alexis Korner

I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music.
I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.
- Adrian Mitchell

Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of
people to play the blues.
- Luther Allison

It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues,
you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced
to us and I absorbed it totally,
and it changed my complete outlook on music.
- Eric Clapton

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
- Duke Ellington

I like blues but it is music I am too ignorant to understand.
- Barry Gibb

I like to listen the blues and some classical.
- Peter Tork

The blues tells a story.
Every line of the blues has a meaning.
- John Lee Hooker

I've always loved the blues, John Lee Hooker,
Janis Joplin, Hendrix.
- Eddie Money

I don't wanta do any Blues or any sad songs.
- Bob Livingston

It was just like Howlin' Wolf.
Once you arrive at the point that you understand it,
the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.
- Robert Quine

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great
American contributions to music.
- Edgar Winter

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues,
but it will still be the blues.
- Count Basie

The blues brings you back into the fold.
The blues isn't about the blues, it's about we have
all had the blues and we are all in this together.
- Peter Tork

Them pains, when blues pains grab you,
you'll sing the blues right.
- Otis Rush

I was lucky enough to get to see guys like Bugs Henderson,
Jimmy Wallace, all those great Texas blues players.
- Dimebag Darrell

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians.
We had serious roots that spanned different cultures,
obviously the blues.
- Jimmy Page

So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music
but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music.
- James Young

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
- Jimi Hendrix

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with
an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired.
- Steven Bochco

But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues,
it's green now.
- Ruth Brown

But I did that, and I created another blues scene,
another something I can sing about.
- Luther Allison

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else.
First, we wrote our own songs.
That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
- Brian Setzer

I didn't want to go out and change anything.
I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background,
which was rock and blues and hip-hop.
- Kid Rock

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.
- Luther Allison

The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again.
My first picture was called, GI Blues.
I thought I was still in the army.
- Elvis Presley

I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward
to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt.
- Jonah Lomu

Getting to play the blues has been transcendant for me.
I can't say if my finest hour is yet to come,
you want to make a dent in this world,
well I do anyway.
- Peter Tork

He's written some great songs.
I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.
- Alan Jackson

The blues is losing someone you love and not having
enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
- Henry Rollins

I sang in church growing up.
Memphis is the blues capital of the world,
we like to say.
- Justin Timberlake

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

Blues means what milk does to a baby.
Blues is what the spirit is to the minister.
We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt,
our souls have been disturbed.
- Alberta Hunter

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.
- Alexis Korner

The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter...
and Still Alive and Well is my favorite rock record.
- Johnny Winter


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