Steinbrueck Blues
Steinbrueck Blues
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Only in the power of this blog can we go directly from Rap to the Blues. I’ve often thought that if blues musicians pressed the snooze button and just sleep in they would be happier. So many blues songs begin with “I woke up this mornin’…” only to be followed by a litany of frustrating events.


Of course, to be a blues musician one must have the blues and to have the blues I suppose you must get out of bed and face the world. Might as well get an early start. Unhappiness as a raison d’être may seem like an unhealthy exercise until considering the cathartic power of music. Perhaps blues musicians are on to something.


However I did meet this blues performer busking at Victor Steinbrueck Park at the Waterfront to eke out a living. His family originates from Wales, he goes by the name of Fleming, and he’s also half Cherokee – and boy, could he have done with pressing the snooze button. Several times, in fact. Turns out he woke one mornin’, found he’d lost his girl, lost his job, lost his apartment and is now homeless…and he also recently lost his big toe to diabetes.


I somehow don’t think that, after he told me his tales of woe and the toe, the $1 I put in his hat was going to help him much.


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