Thursday, November 1, 2007

CDPB Monthly Theme Day: Blue(s)


Made you look! The image above has nothing to do with St. Louis. It is an homage to the series of photographs called Tears (Les Larmes) by the Surrealist artist Man Ray, with a touch of the blues added in the computer. Man Ray used glass beads for the teardrops. Maybe he had the blues, too.

If you're talking St. Louis, you are talking The St. Louis Blues. You can listen to the famous tune by clicking this link to my web site. That's the name of the local hockey team, and what a good name it is. The logo is inspired: the Blue Note.


The Blues started in the Mississippi Delta, then headed upstream to Memphis and St. Louis. It is a music of hard times. How down and out can it be? Check this video clip of the great Bessie Smith singing the song and you will find out. This is a long clip and she doesn't get to the song proper until 1:05 into it.

Everybody gets the blues. Some of us just can't put a label on it.





All of these City Daily Photo Blogs have the blues today:

Boston (MA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Portland (OR), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Arradon, France - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Stockholm, Sweden - Singapore, Singapore - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Toulouse, France - The Hague, Netherlands - Moscow, Russia - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Stayton (OR), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Detroit (MI), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Greenville (SC), USA - Hyde, UK - Radonvilliers, France - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Saarbrücken, Germany - New Orleans (LA), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Forks (WA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Barton (VT), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Inverness (IL), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - Toruń, Poland - North Bay (ON), Canada - Le Guilvinec, France - Chateaubriant, France - London, England - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Sydney, Australia - Austin (TX), USA - Mumbai, India - Boston (MA), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Paderborn, Germany - Montréal (QC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Orlando (FL), USA - Grenoble, France - Cheltenham, UK - Forks (WA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - London, UK - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Belgrade, Serbia - Paris, France - Shanghai, China - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Montpellier, France - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Auckland, New Zealand - Evry, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Oslo, Norway - Minneapolis (MN), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Trujillo, Peru - Trujillo, Peru - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Durban, South Africa - Brussels, Belgium - Anderson (SC), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Wellington, New Zealand - Prague, Czech Republic - Saigon, Vietnam - Ystad, Sweden - Miami (FL), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Hong Kong, China - Melbourne, Australia - Baziège, France

TOMORROW: Back to normal and life on the Mississippi

23 comments:

Kate said...

Unusual photo and quite creative!

Dusty Lens said...

Fantastic blue eyes! Love the blues....musically speaking. ;) I enjoyed the games between the Blues and North Stars. That's progress.

Jim said...

The Blues. My favorite hockey team and THE best jersey. I spent a lot of nights in the Arena/Checkerdome.

Sally said...

Outstanding blog entry. Eye-catching (ahem) and LOVE the St Louis Blues angle!

Lavenderlady said...

What a great contribution to the Theme Day! I am very impressed.

Emily Lin said...

Love the Blues! I was nearly dancing with joy in front of my family. (I'm sitting in the living room checking out other "blue") ;)

Have a nice day!

Tia Martyn said...

I just love the color blue,very creative and impressive!
regards,
tia
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Olivier said...

superbe cette photo montage, tres bucolique et ce morceau de Jazz, tout simplement sublime, Bravo


This photo montage superb, very bucolic and this piece Jazz simply sublime, Bravo

Eric said...

I love these blue tears even if the have nothing to do with Saint Louis. I think it's a great idea to have posted a blues song on this day. I stayed until the end to listen to it.

BgDailyPic said...

Why is she crying, because her mascara is clumped? I hate when that happens, too! ;)

Nathalie said...

Great catching photo! Certainly stood out on the portal today, and very creative.
The idea of linking it to the blues is brilliant, an outstanding take on the theme. Well done both for the photo and the concept!

Nathalie said...

Oh... and love the Halloween portrait series !!!

Strangetastes said...

I should clarify something: the top photograph is not mine. it's Man Ray's (he always used both names as a unit. His life is interesting. He was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia and spent most of his life in Paris. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray). Anyway, the photo is from the early '30s and was B&W, of course. I added the blue in Photoshop.

Jilly said...

This one made my day! I'm keeping your blog open so I can listen longer to the music. Love it. And great choice of photo for today. Well done. Love it. My dream is to go to Mississippi and Memphis which I'll do one day as my best buddy comes from Memphis and her busband from Mississippi. Thanks for the blues!

joy said...

What a clever idea! Yours is the only photo of an eye that didn't make me cringe.

joy
Norwich Daily Photo

maria elisa said...

:)

Neva said...

I think the eyes look very artistic!

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Attacking the theme with gusto, I see!

The recording is great. Sounds like an old 78.

As a native of detroit and an adopted chicagoan, I must object to the blues jersey. Can we go back to red, please?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the blue teardrops one, that's really SUPER! Great work!

Andrée said...

Love it. I can't believe those are beads. I totally forgot about the day. I've got to google calendar the theme day

Ming the Merciless said...

Didn't realize you were such a rebel when it comes to themes. :-)

Great interpretation of the color blue.

lord said...

Lovely Photo....Which camera you had used to get these remarkable picture..!
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Haven said...

Excellent post.