B.B. King, RIP.

bbkinglearning“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
-B.B. King

B.B. King was a beautiful person: his music touched so many, but really it was his very being that people so adored. Here are some quotes from a great, great man.

“I tried to connect my singing voice to my guitar an’ my guitar to my singing voice. Like the two was talking to one another.” (They was talkin’to me, B.B.)

“If there was no ladies, I wouldn’t wanna be on the planet. Ladies, friends, and music – without those three, I wouldn’t wanna be here.” (I feel the same way about great singers.)

“Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!” (Funny, that.)

“When people treat you mean, you dislike them for that, but not because of their person, who they are. I was born and raised in a segregated society, but when I left there, I had nobody I disliked other than the people that’d mistreated me, and that only lasted for as long as they were mistreating me.” (Whereas I dislike everyone who has ever mistreated me, since I’m fairly certain they’d do it again if given the opportunity.)

“I’ve been married twice. Most women would rather not be married to a traveling blues singer.” (Or to any traveling musician, frankly.)

“What don’t I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain’t nobody here saying, ‘You’d better learn this.’ But I still think I’ve got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.” (Words to live by.)

“When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!” (OMG I wonder what it could be???)

“If T-Bone Walker had been a woman, I would have asked him to marry me.” (I would have totally crashed that wedding.)

“Touring a segregated America – forever being stopped and harassed by white cops hurt you most ‘cos you don’t realise the damage. You hold it in. You feel empty, like someone reached in and pulled out your guts. You feel hurt and dirty, less than a person.” (Shame on them. You were more of a person than any racist white cop will ever be.)

“I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.” (Well, I’m callin’ you a blues guitar man. Rest in peace, good man.)

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

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