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Muddy Waters

MUDDY WATERS' CHICAGO HOME

MUDDY WATERS' CHICAGO HOME

Recently I took a pilgrimage to the south side of Chicago.  4339 S. Lake Park Ave doesn't look like much of anything from the street. It stands there lonely and forgotten, many of it's windows boarded, in a state of decay. A closer look reveals two painted flamingos on the front door and an inscription - "Muddy."

The house was built in 1879 and was purchased by Muddy Waters in 1954.  He lived there for 20 plus years during the height of his career. It has been vacant for many years due to legal issues and has changed owners several times. There is a giant push worldwide to have the property preserved as a historical site. 

FRONT DOOR DETAILS

FRONT DOOR DETAILS

 

Walking up to the house I tried to imagine what it must of been like back in Muddy's day.  You could've probably heard Muddy's band practicing in the basement. Maybe you could smell his wife Geneva's cooking on a Sunday afternoon. I imagine the house in it's prime condition. The property would've been a source of pride for Muddy - a far cry from his upbringing in Mississippi. Sitting there on the same steps where Muddy used to sit I found myself overwhelmed with reverence. 

SITTING ON MUDDY'S PORCH

SITTING ON MUDDY'S PORCH

1.20.17

Got up early this morning to go see the sunrise on the lake. It was slightly rainy and grey, but I went anyway. Don't feel like writing too much at the moment so I thought I would post pictures from my morning walk.

Looking back towards shore. 

Looking back towards shore. 

Rain, wind, tears.

Rain, wind, tears.

A good reminder. 

A good reminder. 

My pier.

My pier.

Don't forget.

Don't forget.

The edge.

The edge.

Back in my apartment awaiting the inauguration. 

Back in my apartment awaiting the inauguration. 

 

BE KIND

Long week.

I hope everyone had a great week! I've been in bed all week with the flu, but I wanted to send something out this week even if it's brief. Thanks to everyone who came out to my Chicago show last week at Silvie's, I had a wonderful time and it was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones. 

Today we lost another great artist, the talented Sharon Jones. She had been battling cancer for many years and unfortunately it took her life. She was 60 years old. Take a moment to check out her gifts below.

2016 has not been kind to our brothers and sisters in music. For those of us left behind we have records to listen to and inspiration to fuel our own creations. 

Hopefully I'll be back on my feet in a few days and can write something more substantial next week. Take care! xo

PS: GO GET A FLU SHOT.