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CD: Lucy Malheur Little Blue Devils

Lucy
Malheur
Little
Blue Devils
Fine,
Double fine 3:30 Fag and Booze Blues 3:24 Count My Blessings 5:22
Toad
in my Throat 4:38 From Now On 5:45 Southern Comfort on My Mind 4:32
Half
a Bottle, Half a Life, Half a Song 4:31 I Got the Blues 4:10
Your
Blues Got Nothing but the Ain’t 2:56The Shit and Chillum Blues
4:14 Barrister Blues 3:07 Blame it on the Change 3:39 Coochee-Coo
5:09 I Got the Blues- Reprise 4:09
Bonus
Track-
Count
My Blessings (unplugged) 6:07
Seriously,
all the moping around since a few weeks ago has me feeling way too
much about time.
From
any of my previous writings, most people can only begin to grasp my
mood. I went to a hearing and learned that no operation can relieve
what happened. After the car accident, I was in a coma for a while.
When I awoke they told me I had brain surgery. The doctors here just
keep telling me that I may have to have another operation, not
telling me what was wrong. I had to actually hear the doctor’s
report from my lawyer. The only reason I’m explaining this is
because every day, as was the case today, I feel like time on this
Earth is again slipping past.
Then
I press play on the CD player, and on comes Lucy Malheur singing
Fine,
Double Fine.

Uplifting me while reassuring through the speakers that, “I’m
gonna be fine, double fine.” The message is the same that all these
years I’ve said, “I don’t mind if you don’t like me, and if
you don’t like being around me, that’s okay.”
Fag
and Booze Blues

revs up next. For those uncultured “Fag” means cigarette in
Europe, not the negative connotation that people in the U.S. have
stuck to it. Take a break and enjoy the scene, get lit up, drink
yourself silly. Remember every one may be like you and enjoying the
blues as well.
I
Count My Blessings

is what everyone should take a moment or two and do. Take your
memories and enjoy them. Sometimes there are those that you have to
take in stride and not count on. Those are the passing ones you walk
by casually.
I’m
sure everyone has woken up with the idea that there’s,
A
Toad in my Throat.

Surely you may have just said something and truly regretted it,
wanted to climb in a hole or moved on.
From
Now On

seems shaking with the tears flowing from what was said. Sometimes
you got to just hide your heart instead of wearing it on your sleeve.
I
believe I just got in trouble from the next one.
Southern
Comfort on my Mind

is such a great idea. I definitely got it on mind from those 4 years
I spent bartending on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. And what else
can I say cause, “I got Southern Comfort on my Mind,” just let
those old best friends go away.
Half
a Bottle, Half a Life, Half a Song.

I’d see a lot of friends just have to go out and play. They’re
the entertainers but they want to enjoy themselves with the audience
instead of being at “Work.”
I
Got the Blues

are those feelings that all of us feel; some more than others. When
you’ve either had to leave someone or they’ve left you. That
despair, or desperation, you feel when you wake up by yourself for
one of the first times and seem confused about what to do.
This
song title leapt out at me. It’s one of those titles that you see
and want to learn more about it.
Your
Blues Got Nothin’ but the Ain’t,
is
the title that just makes you want to hear why. It’s very mellow
but it seems to be telling some bands that just because some friends
support them it’s not really the blues because they haven’t lived
it. I feel the same way about poetry and writing, if you haven’t
lived it you can’t really describe it.
The
Shit and Chillum Blues

has a really nice acoustic beginning. It has some great lyrics that
any artist has felt. The family doesn’t respect the way of life. I
had to look up Chillum in the dictionary. It’s a word I didn’t
know but I did. I suggest you do the same because right when you do
you’ll understand.
What
I love about the next song is the horn that comes in.
Barrister
Blues

makes a lot of sense if you know what a barrister man is. The horn
just helps you imagine the strut that’d go with the gear.
Blame
it on the Change

is true; at least I’ve found it to be.
Coochie-Coo
is exactly what I expected when I saw the title. The saxophone just
adds to the sexuality of the song. I could just envision the guy in
the audience who this was written for, blushing as she’s trying to
call him over with her fingers. Everyone else turning and glaring at
him with the spotlight on him.
I
Got the Blues- Reprise

this adds the album together and explains its main theme. It shows
you the storyline that progressed from the beginning to end.
Bonus
Track-
Count
My Blessings (unplugged
)
– I’m glad this album ends with an unplugged
Count
My Blessings,

I’d have to say that this one probably my favorite song on the
album with the strongest message. If the song is a story all the way
through then I believe this should be attached at the end.
Lil
Blue Devils is my favorite album by Lucy Malheur yet. Cruising around
with it playing takes you into an alternative world. As if you’re
driving through the reels and onto a yellow brown off color movie
screen from those movies a long time back. Sometimes the old tape
would break and you’d hear that whipping sound as the reel would
just keep rolling while you’re sitting there waiting for it to be
fixed. You see that 10, 9, 8, 7……beginning the adventure through
the past years, feelings and memories of your own life. Some good
times, some bad, some innocent, some animalistic, some joyous,
engulfed in happiness, some painful, some heartfelt, some tearful,
some attached, some lonely, some loved, and some lost. But, I guess
that’s why they call it the blues.
Jeremy
Frost for Country Music News International

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