Destination Albuquerque. It’s a 6.

Walk out that door again boy, fear you won’t never come back. Hear what I say son, I know from what I know, the life’s not all that.
After years on a bus you begin to miss home, reflection in the window always tells the story. Life on the road is more dust and grime than fame and glory.
They’ll know you while the lights shine bright, then use you as a pawn. Then comes the day all you hold in your arms at sunrise is the dawn.

29 thoughts on “Destination Albuquerque. It’s a 6.

  1. The Atomic Mage April 11, 2021 / 3:00 am

    A touching ode to life on the road, D. Lyrical and bluesy – spot on. That last line is packed with a poetic punch that leaves you spinning.
    I never went on a tour but remember plenty of long drives, a plane ride or two, miles and miles just to have sometimes half a dozen local people turn up because the promoter didn’t promote the gig. All that unloading and setting up gear. Rarely paid. But you know what, it was always kind of worth the ‘dust and grime’ as you said, to play live with like-minded musicians 😎

    So glad you linked that Walking Blues vid. What an epic distance jam and a good edit.
    Did you see how beautiful that black guitar is the guy Roberto Luti was playing at the start?
    Washboard Chaz 😎
    Sol on congas 😎
    The Chris Pierce vocals are out of this world.
    But all of them, so cool. I listened three times so far. Also like how everyone’s segments are shot outside, so you can see different landscapes and colour.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 11, 2021 / 10:10 am

      Glad you enjoyed, V 🙂
      You can appreciate the long days that go into playing a gig later that evening. No doubt you had a blast. Life resume wouldn’t be complete without it, eh? 😎
      Oh, my gosh isn’t it so good! I was on the ‘Tube and saw Keb’ Mo’ in my feed. It’s been forever since I’ve listened to him, I’d forgotten he was ever on my “playlist”, lol. Did you check out the other Playing for Change vids?
      Yeah, pretty cool Resonator. Looks like the same one he’s playing in the “Higher Ground” vid (Playing for Change series. You’ll enjoy the percussion in Higher Ground).
      All of them were fantastic. Watching Bakithi Kaumalo at about a minute in made me smile 😎
      Agree. I loved that it was outside, in different locales. Beautiful concept.

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      • The Atomic Mage April 11, 2021 / 3:08 pm

        Totally beautiful concept, you’re right, D. Will check out the other Playing for Change vids for sure. Yes, the Resonator, that’s it, I had a mess around on one years back, so many friends who had guitars! Will check Higher Ground.
        And yes, it was a blast, even here in recent years in France, jamming in the most unexpected places, like on top of a mountain for goodness sake! So cool 😎


          • The Atomic Mage April 11, 2021 / 4:49 pm

            Twelve of us till dawn. Blues jams, covers and an original set. Sunrise over the peak. I still have to pinch myself I didn’t dream it 😃

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  2. TheHiddenEdge April 11, 2021 / 3:30 am

    Superb 6, Denise. The video was well worth the watch, not just for the listen but all of the details. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. ceayr April 11, 2021 / 3:49 am

    Great poem, Denise, and utterly magical video.
    Just realised how much I miss the blues.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 11, 2021 / 10:16 am

      Thank you C.E.
      It was the coolest. Kept hitting the play button..
      Same here. I’d forgotten my own self.


  4. jenne49 April 11, 2021 / 5:45 am

    I love this poem. It really conjures up the image.
    And I love Keb’ Mo’ too.
    It all works so well together.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 11, 2021 / 10:18 am

      Thank you, Jenne.
      I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed his music as well. It was a nice “stumble on”.

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  5. Frank Hubeny April 11, 2021 / 7:18 am

    I like what sounds like three rhyming couplets. And the phrase “all you hold in your arms at sunrise is the dawn”.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 11, 2021 / 10:21 am

      I don’t know the mechanics of poetry, Frank so you’ve got me writing a note to myself to read up on writing poetry. Thank you.
      Ah. That line encapsulated the piece for me.

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  6. Chris Hall April 11, 2021 / 7:29 am

    A really beautiful Six, Denise, I can just hear that ol’ voice! Mesmerising music too, a real treat!

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  7. Liz H April 11, 2021 / 10:26 am

    Your final line! Music to my ears, warmth in my heart!

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  8. messymimi's meanderings April 11, 2021 / 6:50 pm

    Wonderful. It’s one of those things you don’t know until it is too late, unless you listen to the one who has been there.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 11, 2021 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you, Mimi. Agreed. Question is – how many listen to those who’ve “been there”?


  9. Pat Brockett April 12, 2021 / 7:59 pm

    I love listening to this type of music, and if one listens closely, a lot of history can be learned, much of it filled with sadness.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 12, 2021 / 10:02 pm

      You’re right, Pat. Many stories as well as history are told through the blues.
      Glad you enjoyed the music.


  10. clark April 13, 2021 / 7:26 am

    Superior wordation, this week.

    (And excellent soundtrack, yo)

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 14, 2021 / 9:30 pm

      Glad you dig it, D 😀
      Yeah. The music. Let it carry you along…


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