19
Jan
15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday into law, yet it wasn’t first observed until three years later. It wasn’t observed by all 50 states until 17 years later(2000). What does this say about acceptance, freedom and equality in America? It at least says that we’ve come along way and that we have evolved into a nation that is closer to equality, though we have a lot of work to do. I’m still a bit distraught that this Day(holiday for some) isn’t an observed holiday for everyone. I get it, there’s work to be done, but if you don’t believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most impactful persons in American history then you must have slept through history class. It’s still confusing to me that in America, we observe Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas(which is obviously a Christian holiday), but everyone doesn’t observe MLK Day? Is this confusing to anyone else? The even funnier thing is that I’m a teacher, so I do get this day off, but I’m still distraught that people I know have to go into work. Alright, moving on.

I’ll never be okay with poverty and oppression, though I have to admit I have been racist in the past and I am very sorry that I have. It was purely out of ignorance and coming from a place where that was accepted and even to this day, unfortunately, still is. I’m also ashamed to say that it wasn’t until I moved to Seattle that I really got deep into the music of the blues. I’m not even sure how I first listened to Muddy Waters but I know it changed everything for me. His presence, his command, his control, his lyrics, his guitar style, damn! He was a pioneer, he had something to say and he wasn’t afraid to say it in a time when it could get him killed.  I’m so thankful for his music and for the many others of his time and the countless who’ve been influenced by him. I’ll never be able to play the blues legitimately, but I will continue with my attempt in ode to Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Buddy Guy and so many others I could mention that were and are incredible. When I wrote the song “True Blues,” I felt it was the best thing I’d written and in most ways I still do, because it’s not about me, it’s an ode to the greats who inspired me to try to touch what they did, the importance of what they said and how they said it and granted me a forever longing in my soul for music that encapsulates your entire being. Here is my ode to the blues

Thanks for your support, peace and love.

-WDS

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