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And Now for Our Musical Interlude

I don't know about you, but I knit mostly to music. Audiobooks, lectures, podcasts, all make me squirm slightly, and I'm not sure why exactly, because I used to love having a story read to me as a child. It's been this way for a long time, too; I can't blame it on the stroke. Even television doesn't really thrill me. If it's good television, I don't knit. And when I do knit, it's only plain garter stitch or stockinette stitch with no increases or decreases -- that has changed since the stroke, by the way. I used to be able to knit anything when the TV was on, anything. Now I can concentrate on only the most basic things.

But music, I can do. I love to listen to music when I knit, and I love blues. I also love classical, Celtic, alternative, and a bit of old rock 'n roll -- not the oldies, the hardcore classic guitar stuff. I like big band swing too, that's really oldies. But mostly, I like the blues. They really know how to play their instruments. They write lyrics that exactly fit my mood. Blues doesn't have to be depressing: it's joyful, playful, beautiful.

Here are some of my recent favorites, in no particular order. They all are on Spotify, the whole album, for free:

1. Gov't Mule, The Deepest End, favorite track: "Beautifully Broken"

2. Robbie Robertson, How To Become Clarvoyent, favorite track: "Straight Down the Line"

3. McKnight & Bogdall, Zombie Nation, favorite track: "Red Wheel Barrow"

4. Canned Heat, Straight Ahead, favorite track: "Dust My Broom"

5. Steve Miller Band, Let Your Hair Down, favorite track: "Snatch It Back and Hold It"


I'm always up for new music, any kind. What's your top find? Heard anything good lately?


Photo Credit: "Shiney Blues Guitar" by Donna L. Weida


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