Blues Names On A Wall In Clarksdale

Names of musicians written in red on a blue wall

What we see depends on who we are.

Those who haven’t heard of the blues or don’t enjoy that style of music might read this as meaningless letters – at best, a word puzzle.

Others might spot favourite musicians, translate their names to much-loved songs, and be transported to the atmosphere of a different place and time when they first saw an album cover, heard their music or witnessed them play.

Like me, you might see the word ‘green’ and smile at the millisecond of disconnection it creates, painted red on a blue background; note the mix of lower and upper case letters and pause to think about how some would be great used in a font (the ‘f’ in Jefferson, the ‘n’ in blind…); and  observe I’ve cut the edges off a bit tight cropping this square to join in with Becky’s July Blues. Well, we’ve got to have something to be unhappy about if we’re going to sing the blues, haven’t we, or am I getting this all wrong?

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