7785Re: Blind Willie music
- Feb 13, 2003Man JD,
That story is even sadder than all the info I
found on Willie..
I guess we could say that Willie was a good
example of a believer making the most of what the
Lord left him with.
I think, the hardest thing would have been
getting past the bitterness of what Willie had
been robbed of...the use of his eyes at seven.
My younger brother Dave went through a time of
great bitterness when he lost his right leg to a
hunter at 12 years old...but praise the Lord,
Dave was able to work through this...he says the
Lord corrected him...used this time to spank
him... JD, you could pray for my brother...he has
somethings worked out... remains a very loving
and giving man, a pastor even, but Dave is not a
Sometimes it is so hard to understand how folks
can be so right about somethings but so wrong on
others...guess we have to chalk it up to: that
by the Lord's mercy only... do we get
To: email@example.com From: "James D <jamescovie@...>" <jamescovie@...> Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 23:59:53 -0000 Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Re: Blind Willie musicThanks Mr Waybright,
I did a little looken and I found this
information on blind Willie it
is pretty interesting! Blind Willie Johnson
1902(?) - 1947(?)
"Blind Willie" Johnson was born in Texas about
1902. Some reports say
it was in Marlin, others say near Temple and the
family then moved to
Marlin. At age 5, Johnson announced to his father
that he was going to
become a preacher and fashioned his first guitar
out of a cigar box.
Johnson's father remarried following the death of
mother. He caught Johnson's stepmother cheating
and beat her her up.
Her response was to throw lye into 7 year old
Willie Johnson's face to
deliberately blind him.
Willie taught himself to play the guitar and
accompanied himself using
a pocketknife for a slide to mimic his voice.
Johnson's father would
take him into the town of Hearne and leave him to
play on the corner
every Saturday with a tin cup tied around his
At age twenty-five he married a young singer
named Angelina, sister of
blues guitarist L. C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson
accompanied Johnson on some of his recordings for
between 1927 and 1930.
Although some blues singers tussled with the pull
between the blues
and religious music, Blind Willie came down
firmly on the side of the
religious -- in a way. He had the power to make a
religious song sound
like the blues and a blues song sound holy.
He sang in a "rasping false bass," and played
bottleneck guitar with
"uncanny left-handed strength, accuracy and
agility." So forceful was
his voice that legend has it he was once arrested
for inciting a riot
simply by standing in front of the New Orleans
Customs House singing
"If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down."
Ry Cooder once called Johnson's "Dark Was The
Night Cold Was the
Ground" the most "transcendent piece in all
Additionally, his "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed" is
of slide work.
Ironically, Johnson died of pneumonia following a
fire that burned
down his home. He slept on wet bedding his wife
had prepared for him,
got sick and passed on to blues heaven.
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