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William Christopher Handy Quotes and Sayings

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The blues - the sound of a sinner on revival day.
- William Christopher Handy

Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love.
All the world seemed bright and changed.
- William Christopher Handy

Whenever I heard the song of a bird and the answering call of its mate,
I could visualize the notes in scale,
all built up within my consciousness as a natural symphony.
- William Christopher Handy

Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it,
you don't get anything out of it.
- William Christopher Handy

 

Saving was slow and painful.
- William Christopher Handy

Life is something like a trumpet.
If you don't put anything in, you won't get anything out.
- William Christopher Handy

I knew the whistle of each of the river boats on the Tennessee.
- William Christopher Handy

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I think America concedes that true American music has sprung from the Negro.
- William Christopher Handy

With a guitar I would be able to express the things I felt in sounds.
- William Christopher Handy

Nature was my kindergarten.
- William Christopher Handy

You've got to appreciate the things that come from
the art of the Negro and from the heart of the man farthest down.
- William Christopher Handy

My big ears indicated a talent for music.
This thrilled me.
- William Christopher Handy

The name of my ailment was longing, and it was not
cured till I finally went to the department store and
counted out the money in small coins before the dismayed clerk.
When I came to the house, I held up the instrument
before the eyes of the astonished household.
- William Christopher Handy

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

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

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and
some of those Sun Records blues guys.
- Brian Setzer

The blues tells a story in itself.
It can make you happy or give you a feeling to swing.
- Jimmy Rushing

It's a blue album, but it's not a blues album.
I'm not pretending all of a sudden now I'm blues.
- Neil Young

Well, I don't know how they define that.
But they have this Texas blues thing blown kinda out of proportion.
I am a Long John Hunter blues, before and after,
that's what I am.
- John Hunter

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

Everybody thinks I'm, like, a bad boy.
I've had my day, but I just sit at home and play the blues mostly.
- Brad Renfro

I love good rock'n'roll, blues and jazz,
gospel, and a little reggae.
- Jerry Hall

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

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

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

I think the blues will always be around.
People need it.
- Johnny Winter

In the nineties I was doing those Blues Bureau records,
but over the past two years, I have really gone back
to my Christian roots and have been born again.
- Rick Derringer

White folks hear the blues come out,
but they don't know how it got there.
- Ma Rainey

You don't have to live the blues to play the blues.
- Herbie Mann

If I'm going to do blues, it's going to be a typical Jimmy Rushing record.
- Jimmy Rushing

Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was.
I'm always meeting people on the road that are really young,
and are guitar players.
male and female.
- Mick Taylor

The reflection of the world is blues,
that's where that part of the music is at.
Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
- Jimi Hendrix

My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues.
- Kid Rock

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

In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized.
- Luther Allison

My favorite moment of the whole thing was when John
Belushi suggested that I get a hold of all the blues
records I could so I could research the music.
- Steve Cropper

I not only played and sang blues, but I also had to
toss the piano around a bit to amuse the patrons.
- Hope Emerson

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

Hearing the blues changed my life.
- Van Morrison

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,
I met a man who had no feet.
- Denis Waitley

I think it will always be around it just takes one
person to make people aware of the blues.
- Johnny Winter

I suppose I was waiting until I was old enough to have
some sort of experience to sing about.
When you're young, it's hard to sing the blues.
Nobody believes you.
- Nick Lowe

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

I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze
can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober.
- Charlie Rich

Once you start collecting records you learn more and
more about jazz and blues.
- John Mayall

God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old,
singing the blues, you know?
- Joe Cocker

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

The first real thing I heard was Three O'Clock Blues by B.B.
King.
That's where it all began for me.
- Robin Trower

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

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

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

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

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

When I started workin' with Muddy.
That convinced me that I could get away with doin' the blues.
- Johnny Winter

I been in the blues all my life.
I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.
- Muddy Waters

I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my
best buildings and I stand by that.
- Harry Seidler

One thing the blues ain't, is funny.
- Stephen Stills

There were times I thought I was going to turn to the blues,
but then I'd hear better blues players.
- Stephen Stills

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

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

I like the blues a lot.
I grew up on it.
- Morgan Freeman

The British feel of blues has been hard,
rather than emotional.
Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words,
far too little originality.
- Alexis Korner

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.
- Alberta Hunter

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

If you don't know the blues...
there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing
rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
- Keith Richards

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

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

And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most
of the blues of that day was done by men.
Women just didn't have the nerve.
- Etta James

It is from the blues that all that may be called American
music derives its most distinctive character.
- James Weldon Johnson

Nobody can tell you how the blues feel unless they have the blues.
We all take it differently.
- Otis Rush

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song,
inspiration, feeling, and understanding.
- Willie Dixon


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