Bluepower Blog

  • Guns And God!

    Mr. Thomas Paine once wrote; These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

    Our observation of freedom in America has been tied to wanton consumption. For many years, good jobs easily had, were the backbone of American society paying for the goods and services every American enjoyed so freely. Truly....our cups "did" runneth over.

    Now, nearly all Americans are working twice as hard and twice as long in order to make ends meet. People are working for corporations with voracious appetites for more and more profit, the easy time in the sun is over and there are dark days ahead.

    Fear now blasts from every audio orifice since the corporate heads found that fear increases sales to a weary public. This must be stopped!

    Guns and God are two of the leading protagonists in a world being torn apart. Though weaponry and spirituality are not the only beasts thriving in this sea of fear and corruption, they are the two major conspiritors in the division of the world today. And if you don't think our beautiful world is divided....just look around. We now see a machine of wide and elaborate contrivance and as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man. Divide and conquer. Muslim against Christian. Republican against Democrat and on and on.

    A great man once said, "Music is the weapon of the future." Look out! The future is now.


    1)...."The Merry Minuet"..........................The Kingston Trio
    2)...."Guns And God...................................Lawrence Gowan
    3)...."For What It's Worth".......................Jeffrey Osborne
    4)...."Money"..............................................Barrett Strong
    5)...."Smilin' Faces"...................................The Undisputed Truth
    6)...."Compared To What"........................Les McCann and Eddie Harris
    7)...."Troubles, Troubles, Troubles".......Clarence Henry
    8)...."Livin' In The Real World"...............Bobby Barth

    It's a strange show folks. I hope you enjoy it. If you do....please pass it on. It's time to make a difference.

    Take back our freedom now! React!

    John Rhys Eddins
    Please send all death threats
  • The Stax Story....Part Three!

    By: Robert Palmer

    Stax Records, a name which is synonymous with Southern soul music, began as Satellite Records in Memphis in 1959. Founded by Jim Stewart, a former country fiddler, and Estelle Axton, whose son Charles "Packy" Axton was a saxophonist with the original Mar-Keys, the company had its first Top Ten hit in 1961 with "Gee Whiz" by Carla Thomas. During the next few years Stax developed a brand of music which was to have worldwide repercussions. With its house rhythm section, better known as Booker T. & the MGs, its tight horn section, which later became the Memphis Horns, and its gospel-rooted recording artists - Otis Redding, Sam and Dave - Stax virtually created contemporary soul music, both on its own records and as a Southern base of operations for Atlantic artists such as Don Covay and Wilson Pickett.

    The death of Otis Redding in 1967, following a triumphant European tour and a virtually cataclysmic appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, signaled the end of the first Stax era. Sam and Dave disbanded around the same time, and although they continued to record as a unit, the members of Booker T. & the MGs did more administrative work than session playing. It was left to a new generation of artists and producers to carry on the Stax legacy, and the company did not find itself wanting in either department.

    The most innovative and successful of the new breed of Stax artists was Isaac Hayes, who had been an important songwriter, producer, and session pianist during the company's earlier period; with David Porter, he was responsible for writing and producing Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man." On his own, Hayes developed a unique blend, part jazz, part soul, part easy listening. He talked on his records in a mellow, bantering manner, and he used an orchestra to provide instrumental cushioning. In many ways Hayes was a founding father of the sweet soul of the 1970s.

    But Stax's roster ran the gamut of black popular music. Albert King did his own funky thing, playing his flying-V guitar with bluesy urgency. The Staple Singers were at their artistic peak when they recorded for Stax during the late 1960s and early 1970s, turning out records that blended a utopian social vision with rhythmic excitement. The great Johnnie Taylor was in his prime, testifying on the ins and outs of falling in and out of love with intense passion. Then there were the groups - the Soul Children, who said what was on their minds and attracted a fanatical following in England as well as a large black following in the States, and the smoother but still gritty Emotions. The music behind these singers was more varied than in the early days, and some of it was recorded outside Memphis. But the spirit of Stax was burning as brightly as ever.

    The new Stax producers were at least as important as the artists in determining the Stax sound. One of the most resourceful and versatile was Don Davis, who began a fruitful association with Johnnie Taylor which still continues. Al Jackson, Jr. the great soul drummer who was the backbone of Booker T. & the MGs, became a canny, astute producer, working, often in collaboration with Jim Stewart or other company personnel, with Albert King, the Staple Singers, and the Emotions. Jackson was still heard on drums on many Stax releases; other session musicians included guitarists Vernon Burch, now a recording artist in his own right, and Michael Toles, and keyboard player Marvell Thomas. Al Bell was an important creative force as well as an administrator.

    The thing that made Stax go was teamwork. When you visited the studio, which was a converted movie theater on East McLemore, you could feel it. The carpeted halls were always full of groups of people, who seemed to be going to and fro at will, dropping in on friends in their offices, heading down to Studio A to check on the progress of a mixing session, or out to the parking lot where Isaac Hayes's Rolls-Royce sat glittering in the sun. The cooperation between white and black musicians and producers was practically unprecedented; it was one of the secrets of the company's across-the-board success. But it would never have worked without that spirit, and although the spirit was beset by the blows of circumstance, it was in the music until the end, when Stax was adjudicated bankrupt, in 1975.

    By June 1977, virtually all Stax assets, including all masters, both completed and unfinished recordings, together with all Stax contracts, were purchased by Fantasy Records.

    Here's The Music:

    1)...."Green Onions"....Booker T. & The MG's
    2)...."Respect Yourself"....The Staple Singers
    3)...."Theme From Shaft"....Isaac Hayes
    4)...."Walk On By"....Isaac Hayes
    5)...."That's What Love Will Make You Do"....Little Milton
    6)...."Come Go With Me (I'll Take You There)"....The Staple Singers
    7)...."Try A Little Tenderness"....Otis Redding (Live in London)
    8)...."Soul Limbo"....Booker T & The MG's

    Thank you so much for all your letters. They mean a great deal to us here at Bless you all out there and may your days be things of beauty and joy.

    John Rhys-Eddins/

  • Liberty Under Arrest!

    Mural in downtown Las Vegas by British artist Izaac Zevalking meant to draw attention to America’s founding by immigrants.

    From....The Guardian

    I am an immigrant! I came to America in May of 1947 from England after World War 2. My step-father, also an immigrant from Greece, was a pilot in the 8th Army Air Force stationed in England where he met my mother. They were married in Great Britain then came to the USA prior to my 6th birthday.

    We moved to Cordele, Georgia located in Crisp County with a population at that time of around 5000 people.

    I had never seen Black folks until I arrived in the USA. Yet, upon my arrival, found them to be honest, diligant and hard working. Not to mention loving, kind and more than willing to assist me in any way. From the Black folks I learned tolerance, love, courtesy and moral integrity. I also learned to love the Blues.

    When I came to these shores I was admittedly, self-indulgent and spoiled. Raised by my mother and grandmother during the war, I was given everything. They used their ration cards to make sure I had what I needed to survive. They went without many things in order to provide for my well-being. To say I was entitled would be an understatement. I soon learned the errors of that thinking when my step-father put an apron on me and told me to "Start bussing those tables!" I remember it now as one of the best days of my life, though I hated him for it at the time.

    Against the strong advice of my step-father I went into the music business which was run by Jews, Italians, Arabs and yes, African Americans. I can honestly say that all those people helped me to survive what could often be a perilous journey fraught with unsavory characters and hustlers. I loved it and thrived!

    I have been blessed to live in America and can no longer tolerate the wholesale selling of fear and derision by the governments in charge and the media as a whole. "If it bleeds, it leads!" is a term I first heard in the 70s via a friend I had that worked for ABC TV in Los Angeles. I didn't think much of it at first but all you have to do today is turn on any news channel and one can see how that phrase has born fruit. America is being systematically divided by both parties whom are being funded from the wells of cash provided by K Street. In case you don't know about K Street, that's the area in Washington, DC where ex congressmen and senators go when they're voted from office. Why not! They know the inside workings of the capitol and are offered considerable amounts to help defeat measures, bills and any ideas which may help the general American society as a whole. 

    Yes. I am an immigrant that happens to love America so much that I am willing to speak out against the maelstrom of intolerance and hatred being generated in this country at present by both sides of the aisle. We all love our children and wish to raise them in safety and tolerance in a world not being torn apart by unjustified wars against people around the globe that want the same as live in peace and prosperity. 
    We are being split apart!
    So remember....

    Together we stand! Divided we fall!

    God bless America and all for which she stands!

    John Rhys Eddins

    America's Got The Blues!

    Post Script: One of the corporate predators!

    The Communications Act of 1934 combined and organized federal regulation of telephone, telegraph, and radio communications. The Act created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to oversee and regulate these industries.


    On January 3, 1996, the 104th Congress of the United States amended or repealed sections of the Communications Act of 1934 with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It was the first major overhaul of American telecommunications policy in nearly 62 years. It was signed by President Bill Clinton.

    Click below for a story by The Washington Post on the harm being done to America by Sinclair Broadcasting.

    Sinclair Broadcasting Group

  • Ruler Of My Heart-Keeper Of My Soul!

    Today is our 40th anniversary and I had no idea as to what to do for my beautiful wife. I was pondering this very question on the deck at 5:30 yesterday morning when a small voice came to me and said. "Put her on a pedestal". I knew then what to do. I would explain the extraordinary circumstances under which we met. To be honest.... I still don't believe my good fortune.

    But it was, on August 12th,1979 that we were married. What a day that was! All our friends and family were there and the cops came and shut down the band beside the pool around 10 o'clock.

    Since then we've had many good times, some mighty down times and two beautiful children of which we are very proud. You can also throw in some big fights, terrible financial mishaps and a lot of tears. But for every tear there was always a smile and a kiss. There isn't a minute that goes by that I don't think of her, and late at night, when I feel her next to me, I thank God just to be alive at that moment.

    I am a blessed man! Blessed beyond comparison and for that, I thank the good Lord every day.

    I love you my Sweet Lorraine, more than words could ever say.

    Happy 40th anniversary!

    Your husband....John

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  • America's Got The Blues Pt.2!

    This show begins with a portion of Dr. Ray Griffin's The Creature From Jeykll Island. It's an amazing piece of business describing how big finance and international banking are buying spheres of influence and how and why the Federal Reserve was created. Americans need to know this! Our money has been controled by foreign bankers since 1913. I forgot to mention J.P. Morgan (Chase Bank) also had a hand in this chicanery.

    Silent Guardian

    Here's the music:
    1....Money....Barrett Strong....Motown
    2....Everybody's Got The Blues....Johnny Stevenson...unreleased
    3....Outlaws Rule....Scott Richardson....unreleased
    4....Bottom Of The Pile....Kermit Deveaux....unreleased
    5....California....Jackie Lomax....unreleased
    6....The Freedom Wall....Freebo....Before The Separation

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