It was back in college (it was a small, liberal arts college in a rural area in the Midwest) in the late 80s.
Lonnie Brooks and his band were booked to play in our student center cafeteria on a Saturday Night. I asked this attractive young lady to come to the dance with me.
We danced to the first few numbers the band did. But it was real loud, so we stepped out and found ourselves in this lounge below the cafeteria. The music was so loud, that I could essentially hear the bass cabinets of the PA through the floor, albeit muffled.
As she talked, and talked, and talked sommore about her life and interests while I pretended to listen and care, I was multi-tasking, and tracking the bass.
After 30 minutes of All About Me, I noticed that it was like the band was playing the same song the whole time! Yes, I knew that there were but a few general variations of the core chord progression, but the implications had never hit me.
We went back to the dance when the band started their second set, and Lonnie was pretending to play the guitar with his teeth, with few of my astounded classmates seeing what he was doing on the fretboard with his left hand.
(Even when listening to the whole band and not just the bass cabinets) I just don't see how people can do blues-only night after night, song after song. I nevertheless thankful that blues bands are out there to give horn players some work.
Anyone else find the blues monotonous after at time? Maybe this is why blues-y acts with whom I played (and certainly the ones I played with at length) diversify sets to cross over into playing the Commodores or other "R&B" tunes to mix it up a little. I could certainly sub in blues-only bands here and there, though. In fairness, instrumental combo jazz gets old for me too when the players don't have variety in style and ideas across solos and tunes.
I never did manage to have an intimate encounter with that woman, which in the larger picture, was ok.
I don't know why this old memory struck me....