Saturday, July 18, 2009

Video of classic Roloff moment: "Where the Blues began..."

With the Roloffs currently in Europe on another fun-filled adventure, we will take this time to reflect on the Roloffs summer vacation 2008.

Somebody on You Tube uploaded what was arguably the best scene of Little People, Big World - Season 4 -- certainly the most humorous. The classic: 'This is where the Blues began....but why???' scene. Jeremy's facial expressions and frustration is priceless throughout the clip. He was just not going to accept Amy's lack of an explanation.

Reflecting last year's Roloff summer vacation, Amy and Jeremy really did carry the summer vacation episodes both in on camera time and narration duties. Certainly, as this clip is proof of, in entertainment value as well.

For those wondering about the answer to Jeremy's question, there doesn't appear to be one absolute answer that everyone agrees on, but this seems to be the most popular legend.

Robert Johnson is the man credited as"The father of the Blues." According to the myth, Johnson went down to the Crossroads at midnight and sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for superior musical abilities. Thus where the legend comes from...the Blues began at the Crossroads where he sold his soul for the ability to play the guitar that well.

"According to legend, while Johnson was living on a plantation near Clarksdale, he made his desire to be a great musician known to those around him. Someone, or something, instructed him to go the crossroads of highways 61 and 49 outside Clarksdale at midnight where he was met by the Devil. The devil took Johnson's guitar, tuned it, and then returned it to Johnson in exchange for his soul. After Johnson's meeting with the Devil, his guitar and singing skills improved to a level beyond this world."

Here is a more detailed explanation for those interested in the subject:

"Much has been associated with Robert Johnson and The Crossroads.

To those familiar with his music, one of the first songs that comes to mind is Cross Road Blues. It became a very popular song when it was covered by Eric Clapton & Cream in 1966. Crossroads almost became a household word, after the film release of the same name.

Since the 1930s, rumors and legends grew, surrounding Robert Johnson and how he'd sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads, at midnight, in exchange for superior musical abilities. Johnson never actually said that. So how did this association begin?

When Robert left Robinsonville in 1931, to look for his real father, he met Ike Zinnerman. Ike was an amazing guitar player in southern Mississippi and befriended Robert during his stay there. He picked up some amazing techniques from Ike at that time -- and played obsessively.

When Robert returned to Robinsonville, he was a master at his craft, and everyone was amazed. Son House, who was another outstanding blues musician in the delta area, said - the only way he could have become so good in such a short period of time was to have sold his soul to the devil.

One of the originators of the delta blues style was Charley Patton, who was also the first local ''blues superstar'', if you will (however this was the 1920s). Patton had an enormous impact on many early delta musicians. He grew up on Dockery Plantation near Cleveland, Mississippi. Many blues historians feel that this is where the blues began. The land where slaves, and later, sharecroppers began to communicate and sing in a style know as ''field hollering'', which gave way to the blues.

Highway 61 runs south, right through the middle of the delta. It intersects Highway 49 at Clarksdale, MS. Clarksdale was the home to such people Muddy Waters, W.C. Handy, Junior Parker and John Lee Hooker, just to name a few. Over the years, Clarksdale has become the home of the blues, so it was just assumed that this is where The Crossroads was. In later years, the ''61/49 Clarksdale'' thing was also heavily advertised as The Crossroads.

However, when I was in Memphis in the mid-90s (asking a lot of questions) I heard from two different sources, that 61 and 49 were not The Crossroads. The legend supposedly began around the turn of the century from the originators of the blues ... at Dockery Farms. The location I was given by both people is ''WHERE DOCKERY ROAD CROSSES OLD HIGHWAY 8'' This would be between Cleveland and Ruleville. The ''Old 8'' runs parallel to the current Highway 8, just south of it. I saw it - it's still there - it's a dirt road. The Crossroads doesn't look like you would think - too many trees ... but it was a unique experience, just standing there."

So I say it's understandable that Amy didn't know the whole story, and she was close, she said it had something to do with a song and a devil reference.


Katie said...

I love that clip. Jeremy looks SO confused at 1:25. LOL. Off screen you hear him "I still don't understand"...LOL.

Gail said...

Those kids need to learn that when a Mom doesn't know the whole answer they should cut her some slack and let it go. It's a Mom thing. Give your kids an answer to the best of your ability and hope they won't question you further about it. :)

coltraz said...

I uploaded this. :D Glad it ended up here.

Natalie said...

Coltraz, thanks for uploading it :) That was a good clip.

Noell :) said...

I loveeedddd this episode!
My favorite part was when Jermey said,"Over there is where all comedy started"
And Zack said, "Why"
"Because someone said so."
When i watched it i cracked upp! :)
And from 1:55 to 2:04 was really funny.
I love jeremy :) hehe

Samantha said...

I'm so with you Noell! :) Jeremy was so funny. lol. He seems like he would be so much fun to hang around for little moments like that.

Noell :) said...

I would LOVE to hang out with him Samantha! haha
He's funny and beautiful. :)