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Oh Those Blues

Connie Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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Oh Those Blues

My blues, haunting sounds I take out on my acoustic guitar.
Spiced up melodies, finger picking out my blues my way.
Those bends, holding down a string, subtle scooping of a note,
Hitting the sweet spot on those bends, oh those bends I play.
The blues I feel deep within my bones, freeing my soul way down.
The licks mean something when they come out of my guitar.
Picking is my way to release my pain, developing my own tone.
When they come out, the only soul I have to play with is my own.
My face says it all, soulfulness, sorrow, love and the getting hurt.
Sounds of my blues come from within, deep within my heart.

Singing all the sadness,and pain, the disappointments of my life.
The experiences made me who I am. You can hear it in my voice.
I have to go deep down to the depths of my soul where sun shines,
And muck is stored deep within my gut. A sad lonely place, blues.
Expressing with music releases all my pains that needs to come out.
My face says it all, a soulful bluesy release valve, creating calm within.

01/31/2013

For Becca Lucas's contest, "Chasing The Blues Away"

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  1. Date: 2/15/2013 1:37:00 PM
    Oh what I'd give to have such an outlet!...I remember Les Paul calling his a bartender, psychiatrist, best friend, mistress and wife (something like that) and B.B. King even went so far as to named his Lucille...I would sure love to hear you belt out da' blues sometime...Congratulations - Tim

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/15/2013 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Tim for your wonderful comment, and for your congrats. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/14/2013 11:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on an awesome win, Connie! Great write..Love, Annalise

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/15/2013 12:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Annnalise for your congrats and for stooping by. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/14/2013 1:05:00 AM
    Well written - great imagery - can almost HEAR the tune LOVE IT Ellie daphne

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/14/2013 4:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciated Ellie, and thanks for stopping by. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:38:00 PM
    Well done, I like your choice of chasing the blues away.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/12/2013 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Richard for stopping by and for you comment. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 5:18:00 PM
    connie, I read what you said to me below. WEll, I took lessons on guitar when I was forty and even diligent practice after two years, I still sucked at it. the other day I took my guitar after ten years not playing . Horrible, I had forgotten half the stuff I learned. What a tragedy.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/12/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Not a tragedy. Just think with a little practice chords will come back easily. Probably faster then when your first started learning the guitar. Strum those strings and get back in. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 5:18:00 PM
    btw, this poem is SO deserving of number one spot. BIG congrats. it was marvelous.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/12/2013 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm humbled. But I do think it's one of my better writes. Thanks for your congrats Andrea. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 5:08:00 PM
    Congrats on your big win Connie, loved your poem from the very start xxx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/12/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mystic thanks for your congrats and for stopping by. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 11:04:00 AM
    Big congrats on your super win and great write my dear friend Connie! love/hugs, Leonora

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/11/2013 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your congrats on this win. This poem means a lot to me. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 10:12:00 AM
    Well done Connie, this is exceptional xx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/11/2013 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Mandy for stopping by and for your wonderful comment. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:29:00 AM
    Wow, I love this! Music also tends to be my therapy when I'm feeling particularly low. Congrats on an awesome win!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/11/2013 11:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Heather for your congrats and your comment. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:10:00 AM
    Connie, a nice winning poem... Congratulations with your "Chasing the Blues Away" entry... Have yourself a nice one~ LINDA

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/11/2013 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda for your congrats and for stopping by. Have a great day. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/1/2013 11:51:00 AM
    Music is one of the best therapies in life, and the fact that you can describe so well in your poetic endeavors only shows your great passion for it, thank you for sharing this Connie, have a great weekend and keep playing the music of your heart, xxxx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 1:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mystic thank you for your comment and for stopping my. I have great passion for music, but I'm afraid that my poetic endeavors are much better then my playing guitar. I'm self-taught at age 60. I fool around with licks and strumming. In my mind I'm better then the actual playing. Warm Smiles Connie
  1. Date: 2/1/2013 11:42:00 AM
    I just read what you said below, about not having played it recently. that is so sad. Do you think you will be able to in time?

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It'll be almost another year before I can do any practicing. Sometime in May I'll have my 2nd surgery and I'm still recovering from cervical surgery. Big brace on my neck for at least another month. If not for this special stand that holds my IPad directly In front of my face, I wouldn't be tapping out poems.
  1. Date: 2/1/2013 11:41:00 AM
    wow, what a GREAT way to do this contest. I had no idea you played. I took it up in my late 30's and practiced diligently but I am VERY bad. After ten years not practicing, I have nearly forgotten what I ever managed to learn. aRe you able to keep up with it very well, connie? How wonderful that you can play and to do the blues so naturally. I have to have the dang book right in front of me telling me which chords to play. Love this.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 1:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    At age 50 I learned how to play piano. At age 60 I self-taught the guitar. It was a little easier because I knew many chords, but when I started I didn't even know what a fret was. I play looking at sheet music, and have Blues Unleashed CDs that has helped me learn the blues. I enjoy fooling around with finger picking and some licks locked up in my room. I won't play even in front of my husband. Thanks for your comment. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 5:49:00 PM
    You are talented in two areas.... and I imagine the music from your guitar is as sweet as the music from your words...

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 6:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I wished my guitar playing was as sweet a this poem but not so. I haven't played in a year because of cervical problems and recently a cervical surgery. But this is what I feel in within when I listen to the blues or play some of the licks or bends on my guitar. Thanks Donna for your comment and for stopping by. Warm Smiles, Connir
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 3:26:00 PM
    I see that there is a new contest out about chasing the blues away! This is a perfect entry into this contest! I love how you express yourself not only with poetry but also with another great outlet...music! The guitar is a beautiful instrument and can be played in so many different ways! A great way to express yourself! I really enjoyed reading this masterful poem this afternoon! What a remarkable piece, Great Work!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 7:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Russell a wonderful comment you left on my poem. Thanks for stopping by to read my emotional released through music and words. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece, I'm humbled. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 3:00:00 PM
    this is amazing poetry Connie, bet you would give"Memphis Minnie" a real taste of the Blues....

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well Harry I hate to let you down my poetry is much better then my playing guitar. I'd be laughed off stage. In my mind I play as my written words say, but I play privately shut away and play my chords strumming away for only me and my soul and nobody else. Thanks for commenting on my poem warm Smiles, Connie