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... its way but is is quite warm probably about 28C. Along the road we pass several swamps.
The delta is a place of extremes, it's seen good times and bad. Clarksdale, which is at the famous crossroad of Highway 61 and Highway 49 does not give a good first impression - some boarded shop fronts and run down buildings gives one the feeling that it has certainly seen better days. We head for the Delta Blues museum, in an old railway ...
... of black Americans were registered to vote.
In 1955 a 14 yr old boy, from Chicago visiting relatives, named Emit Till was kidnapped and murdered near Greenwood and his mother insisted that his coffin should remain open at his funeral in Chicago for the world to see his disfigured face. The Police in the South arrested two white men who were found not guilty because nobody could prove the body found was Emit.
I got to Greenwood about 9:30 and the museum was shut, good job ...
... this small town has a deep history with the blues and is home to Morgan Freeman's blues club and a funky hotel made of old share cropper cabins and sheet metal buildings scavenged from the local countryside. The property was originally a cotton mill which serves as the main hotel lobby and bar. (and the musical theater...) The out-buildings came from all over and have been "refurbished" to serve as accommodations in the most funkiest manner. Nothing pretentious or serious ...
My occasional but constant companion on this trip has been Neil Peart's, Ghost Rider, Travels on the Healing Road. I think Kevin B suggested that one so thanks Kev! Written in 2002, four years after the death of his wife from cancer, which in turn, came only about a year after the tragic death of his 19 year old daughter in a car accident. A numbing double shot of **** you from the universe that would fell many a soul.
Push came to shove, I'd have to say there are 2 bands and one style of music as a whole (though not every band or song of that style) that can move me in just that way, get to my core, make me feel that je ne sais quoi, get my mojo working, well you get the idea. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Blues. No coincidence of course that the two bands are blues based, especially Zep. For me there is no music that is truer, closer, more ...
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