12-26-07 - 2

Traditional Blues music was spawned from the Black American condition in the South - the songs are about how hard life is, how the system's keeping you down, your woman's out runnin' round, landlord's after you for the rent again, you can't find no job, and your only comfort is in a bottle. The singer is certainly not a saint, but the blues comes from the outside world, how hard life is. "Songs Ohia" is Modern White Man's Blues. It's the blues of people who have every priviledge in the world and yet still can't be happy. Why didn't I make the right choice, why did I fuck this relationship again, will I ever be a better man? This is a dumb armchair analysis but the point is - Songs Ohia is really whiney.

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