Why Smart People Listen to the Blues

one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven

Does it make sense to turn to blues music when you’re feeling down?  Apparently, it does.

“The blues style represents . . . a saying of things that are very painful, deep and poignant, with a feeling of ease. In the very best blues the pain [you’re feeling] changes, because of the music, into something light.”(Eli Siegel quoted in Why do the Blues Make us Feel so Good)

It’s hard to put into words, because it’s a visceral experience. Listening to the blues calms the nasty beasts within me. You know those demons that tell you there is no hope. And yes, we all have them.

Wait a minute. Can music really do that? Maybe you feel better simply because misery loves company. Possibly. When you hear someone else’s problems it does tend to put your own into a different perspective. But I think it’s more than that. All music has restorative and curative qualities, but the blues goes deep and lifts us up.

So – smart people listen to the blues.


Hearing the blues changed my life. Van Morrison

The blues was bleeding the same blood as me. B. B. King

Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen. Amy Winehouse

shutterstock_104723360 (1)What do you Think? Does listening to the blues calm your inner-demons?

My latest Vancouver Blues book is out:

Ain’t Misbehavin’. 

AintMishehavin_CVR_LRGA naked alderman, a haunted trattoria and a love that can not be denied.

When the manager of the Black Cat Blues Bar, singer Maggy Malone, witnesses a murder in her favorite trattoria, her life is upended. Known as the Naked Alderman, the victim is a controversial politician who wants Vancouver to be known as the greenest city in the world. He’s also the lover of Maggy’s best friend.  Despite his noble ideals, his head ends up in the pasta.

The last thing Maggy wants to do is chase another murderer. She’s worked hard to keep the Black Cat afloat and sort out her life, which is complicated by two, hot men, and acts of sabotage at her dock community on Granville Island.

But when the body count rises, Maggy decides to catch the killer.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is the second story in the Vancouver Blues series. If you like ghost stories and urban noir, you’ll love this book, which combines all of their best traits in a fast-paced, captivating and sensual, romantic suspense.

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Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

3 thoughts on “Why Smart People Listen to the Blues”

    1. Hi Pat,
      I like that idea. People who listen to the blues while they read my books about a woman singing the blues must be double smart. Brilliant. Thanks for that.
      Best Wishes


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