Tales from the Jazz Side with David A. Barnes episode #11
This month’s Tales will be coming from Blues Harmonica player David A. Barnes. It is believed that Jazz evolved from the blues. I think we are all in agreement with that statement. What I don’t think we are clear on are the feelings that surround the music and just how it has truly influence all the music that’s played today. What is Blues? There is an internet full of descriptions of the Blues, what it is and what it is not. Just click on the What is the Blues link here and read for yourselves……I am not going to take on that issue in this post because for me, the blues cannot be found in its definition. Perhaps to define it helps us know of its structure, its origin – but what it is? Whatever it might mean to you, the 12 bar blues changes invokes a remembrance of roads taken not because they are easy, but because they get you to where you need to be in the best way possible. Those chord changes and progression seem to elicit from both the performer and listener, all capabilities of human emotions. Some people are mistaken in thinking that just by playing these changes it will automatically connect to those sentiments. This is where the definition ends and the truth begins. It takes an adroit interpreter that is connected to the language and can translate it. David is an interpreter of the highest caliber. The Blues in this sincere player’s expert hands, becomes exactly what the man is, a gentle, compassionate, wicked sense of humor, soul searcher. David A. Barnes has taken the harmonica and found a unique and captivating voice in this small portable free reed wind instrument. The history of the harmonica is a intriguing one. It is told that Abraham Lincoln carried a harmonica in his pocket. One thing I can be pretty certain of is that I don’t think good ole Abe could blow like David. In my opening to the show I mention that I came upon a surprisingly large number of phenomenal musicians who don’t have their own websites. No Myspace page or LinkedIn account. As you search you find there’s very little information about them on the internet, maybe some bits and pieces here and there and if you’re lucky they might have Facebook account. But the lack of “Internet exposure” doesn’t take away from the obvious fact that they are indeed talented, adept artists, gifted innovators that influence and shape the direction of how we hear and experience music. David is one such imaginative musician. I am very grateful to know him, to have played with him and I look forward to us working together in the near future. I’ve included at the end of this bio, video links for you to check out David and see in him in action. How grateful are we to YouTube? Can I get an amen?