Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Lessons From Blues Man: Pictures From The Inside

When I walked onto the subway platform in Chicago early this morning, a street musician was belting out the blues. He sang a *wicked* blues and played a sweet blues guitar. I walked straight over to him and deposited cash. Talent always deserves recognition.

At the end of the song, Blues Man turned toward me standing at the other side of the platform, smiled, and said, "That's how you sing the blues. You have to sing it with feeling. It has to come from inside. You have to feel the words. That's what words are, pictures coming from the inside."

What a great insight. His music was expressing feelings "from the inside". Those feelings were associated with pictures: images of what he has experienced. What made his music authentic was that his words, aided with music, captured the pictures from inside.

We get into trouble when our words are divorced from our internal pictures. Trading well is like playing a wicked blues: we capture a feeling and express our pictures from inside.

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7 comments:

David said...

Well said.

Radek Dobias said...

"When you spirit speaks with images, it is then that you must pay most attention." - Nietzsche

bruce said...

if you got the blues on the inside and you act on them on the outside, what results ya gonna get?

a reward?

waw4 said...

You might like Jonah Lehrer's book "How We Decide".

Short clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0IjrEIPE8w&feature=video_response

Longer clip at http://fora.tv/2010/01/05/Jonah_Lehrer_How_We_Decide

He talks about when decisions are best made by the frontal cortex and other times when gut reaction is better.

waw4 said...

Oh, by the way, many thanks for your posts. Only been reading for a few days and I get a lot from them.

Soberba Insônia said...

I´m a blues listener myself.

But this deal with images from inside I think it´s a bit more complicated.

To reach the necessary and vital images (words) to guide us through a day trading, we need a lots of calmness, vision and concentration.

Otherwise images do come from our inside... but in a such Jackson Pollock rhythm that things can get difficult, specially if flourishing loads of emotions.

Sean McLaughlin said...

Red Line - State/Jackson Station? This guy sounds familiar. :)