As quoted in Crosstown Traffic (1989) by Charles Shaar Murray
“Titus, have you ever had your heart broken?”
“Oh, son. How could you ask a man who used to play the blues a question like that?”
“How long does it take to go away?”
“A broken heart?”
“There’s no precise formula, Sammy.”
“Just give me an estimate.”
“A good rule of thumb is at least half the time that you were in love. Or twice the time. It all just depends.”
You know my temperature's risin', The juke box's blowin' a fuse, My heart's beatin' rhythm, My soul keeps a singin' the blues Roll over Beethoven, Tell Tchaikovsky the news.chuck berry
Now, our music is universal. It shares the rhythmic content of African music, music of the Western Hemisphere and various lands of the East, and has merged this rhythm with European harmonies, the soul of the slaves, the blues, and the spirituals to create jazz.Dizzy (John Birks) Gillespie
According to Biblical history and all of the history of the world, the blues was built in man from the beginning. The first thing that came out of man is the blues because, according to the Scriptures, when God made man, man was lonesome and blue.willie dixon
That's the reason I always say about music, the blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. Without the roots, you have no fruits so it's better keeping the roots alive because it means better fruits from now on.willie dixon
I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm and blues. Bing Crosby - "Pennies from Heaven" - Ella Fitzgerald, was all I heard.little richard
When I finally reached Edie on the phone, she called out to me: "Get me out of here! I'm a prisoner." Shortly afterwards she was on a plane back to New York, where she arrived smiling and completely covering up the discomfort she had experienced at home. She had a certain puritanical way of not letting her blues get in the way of her life-style.edie sedgwick
"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies & hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path, and a choice has to be made. It's about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that's always willing to carry you off.kt tunstall
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive characteristic.james weldon johnson
Rhythm and blues used to be called race music; ... this music was going on for years, but nobody paid any attention to it.
Soul [is] music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky , secular testifying.
Rhythm and blues used to be called race music. ... This music was going on for years, but nobody paid any attention to it.
We're blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word.
I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito blueshoagy carmichael
Someone handed me Mexico City blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.bob dylan
The stars went out and so did the moon. The singer stopped playing and went to bed While the Weary blues echoed through his head. He slept like a rock or a man that's dead.langston hughes