Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Those old Kentucky blues …

A wise man once said, “ When you don’t grow, you die. When you don’t learn, you forget. It is that simple. Therefore each day you don’t learn something new, is a wasted day”. The author could have been Aristotle or Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin, but the words were actually printed by a young blogger named Thomas Mondel. Here is “the rest of the story”:

One of the advantages of being a substitute teacher is that I frequently learn something new on most days of the week, which is how I learned about the blue people of Kentucky.

We’re all familiar with the green skin of Shrek and the Incredible Hulk, but there actually were people in Kentucky who had BLUE skin. Here’s the details:

Not long after the blue people first started appearing in Kentucky, a music genre called “the blues” started in the South, and its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves, and descendants of slave.

Numerous artists have played the blues in the last 100 years, but here is one of my favorite songs that fit into the mold:

If you would like something with a little more zip, you may want to consider, “They’re Red Hot”.

If you aren’t careful, though, you could get all tangled up in blue:

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