This Is What His Music Taught Me

Perhaps the greatest misconception about the blues is that it is simply an opportunity to express sadness and anger about the injustices of life. It surely does contain these emotions, and in fact that’s exactly what it does, but it contains them within the essential elements of honesty, humor and humility, creating, in turn, the overall principle of dignity. The blues is not about self-pity or self-indulgence, it is about courage in the face of adversity, the truth of the soul, and the nobility of the spirit in its infinite capacity to suffer and rejoice at exactly the same time. How, you may ask, do I know all this? Because I have listened to Muddy Waters all of my life, and this is what his music taught me.

Eric Clapton

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