Have You Got The Blues?


Winter is a time when people often feel blue-the weather can be the cause. In most parts of the US folks aren’t able to spend much time outside due to the cold. Missing out on sunshine and fresh air has been documented to cause folks to feel sad. Holiday let down has also been blamed for the Winter Time Blues. The fun of Christmas and New Years is over and there is still a long stretch of time until Summer fun arrives.

Other blues that come to mind:

Baby Blues-After having the girls, I was lucky, I only had 2 times of feeling like the world had went on without me.

Lovesick Blues-most everyone has suffered these at some point.

Economic Blues-all you gotta do is watch the news to feel this one.

We’ve been experiencing 2 types of blues around our house. The…

Dial Up Blues and the…

I’m Grounded For Being A Slacker At School And Can’t Go Contra Dancing Blues.

I’ve got one more kinda blues for you the Deep Ellum Blues-this week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot. This may be my all time favorite video we’ve featured-outstanding flat top picking, and a song full of colorful phrases. Near the end of the song-the words Mommason and Daddyson are used-you can see Paul smile while singing them. I haven’t ask him-but I think he smiles at Pap because one of Pap’s terms of endearment for Granny is Mommason.

I hope you take the time to watch this one-I promise you won’t be sorry and if you are blue-it will lift your spirits.

Wow I just can’t get enough of the Deep Ellum Blues! Hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me what kinda blues you’ve been having at your house.


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    January 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Tipper that is a great song. The blues do seem to be affecting many this time of year. Hope you feel brighter soon.

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    Carolyn A.
    January 20, 2009 at 6:05 am

    My head was bopping and my toes were tapping. Yes, I enjoyed this very much. Also saw Paul move the guitar so I could see that great ‘spider frettin’ he’s famous for … at least to me. 🙂 Also had to smile when the song ended and he snickered. Priceless! Good job guys!
    Not too much ‘blues’ happening here. I’ve got so much going on with work and such as you know about the furlough days, the pending layoffs, and the President Elect coming through our town.
    Love the pictures. Thanks for the great post! xxoo

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    January 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I always look forward to reading your blog. You post so many wonderful photos, essays, and great information. This idea about “blue” sure is great.

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    January 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Menopausal, oh wait, that would classify more as homicidal. Love the pickin’ and grinnin’ session! *lol*

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    January 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I always get the blues but thank goodness groundhog day is only a short bit away! It always gives me hope!

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    January 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Very good! I hope you had a nice weekend!

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    January 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hi Tipper, your photos, words, and the music made me smile! I have gotten to where I just don’t want to watch the news much. Have a wonderful week. blessings,Kathleen

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    January 19, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Also “Winter Blues” usually coincide with “Cabin Fever” in the isolated rural areas. Not only is there less sunshine and more cold, but fewer chances to socialize, leaving one to brood on their blues – making it worse. I used to get this when I was Chitter & Chatter’s age. We lived in the holler at the end of a dead-end gravel road and the nearest neighbor (an old man) was a mile away and snow meant that school was out sometimes for weeks or months at a time. Never was I so glad to see that big yellow bus come up our road as in Jan./Feb.!
    I don’t know when the Deep Ellum Blues were written, but the Mommason and Poppason may be WWII influences, from the Japanese Mama-san and Papa-san terms for mother and father. Or the fellow who wrote it may have been in the services and stationed in Japan at some point. My dad (AF) is still very fond of using some of the Japanese he picked up as a young man while in Okinawa.

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    January 19, 2009 at 8:35 am

    If you’ve never heard the band The Asylum Street Spankers, you’re missing out! They sing Deep Ellum Blues as well and are one of my favorite groups (and Deep Ellum Blues is one of my faves they perform!) Thanks for reminding me.

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    January 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Hey Tipper, thanks for the pick me up I enjoyed the Deep Ellum Blues. I get down about this time of year, I think it is lack of sunlight, so I get out of the house as much as possible when the sun does decide to show up. It was a beautiful day today, mid 60s, sunny and a nice breeze. Me and the grand kids were outside most of the afternoon. I took the youngest and her dad (my son), to the park yesterday and we fed the ducks and played for awhile. These things make my blues fly away. Take care, Terry

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    January 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    The blues that I have this winter is the “I can’t get well and stay well blues”. I get over one thing and catch something else. How I’m longing for the summer.

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    January 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    oh gosh…Diane’s post reminded me…I used to have the MIL blues but she died in Nov. She was 95 and lived with us for 8 years; had dementia and, in general, tried to dictate everyone’s lives. o my yes. How could I have forgotten the MIL blues?? -smile-

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    petra michelle
    January 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    This is such an honest post, Tipper! I have the blues almost every day, as I love the color blue! 😉 But, all kidding aside, I get the blues when I read about our current state of economic affairs (who isn’t?, it seems), seeing a stray dog or cat, watching the news with all that strife and conflict. I can only take it small doses.
    Hoping you’re having a wonderful weekend, Tipper! :))

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    January 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’m too lazy to get the blues; takes too much energy that’s better used for something else -smile-.
    Your girls are *beautiful*!

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    January 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Dial-up blues have to be the worst. I fought high-speed (due to cost) for a long time, but the point came when my business required it. I can’t IMAGINE going back.
    And your other current blues? You are a good mom!

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    Fishing Guy
    January 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Tipper: We finally have sun shining, I think that is what I miss most in the winter. I miss the barbque grill, it is under a foot and a half of snow. I miss a walk around the house with the dog. Someone would have to make a path througth the snow.
    Chitter and Chatter look more like twins when they are unhappy. That was some mighty fine picken and singen in the kitchen. It did raise my spirit.

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    January 18, 2009 at 10:04 am

    The girls definitely don’t look too happy with their current situation. Hopefully, their blues will reap better choices in the future. Thanks for being a caring parent to those precious gifts from God.

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    January 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I generally don’t get the blues but if I were it would be the fog and cold blues. Love the music for today.

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    January 18, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Fog blues, it is even really blue, Blue Fog Blues. I’m thinking there is a song there, I freely give my title to whomever would do the honors to write the song.
    Chitter and Chatter look pathetic, are they milking it? I haven’t seen such sad faces since I gazed on my two girls, they have the Slopping in the Ever Deepening Mud to Get a Little Work Done Blues.

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    Irma's Rose Cottage
    January 18, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I guess I must have the blues. I have been trying to figure it out and it must be the weather blues. Can’t seem to focus on anything lately. Looking forward to sunnier days.

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    January 18, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Wow… I love ur site and this post. New to blogging and I am thrilled that I found your site.

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    January 17, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    What kind of blues!? You know most of it . . . day to day, right now is the short days getting me down – my kids don’t get to play outside as much 🙂 Love the song!

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    January 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I am one of those who suffer from SADD, but since I’m taking 1000 mg Vitamin D, it hasn’t hit me like it does some years. My daughter, who is a pharmacy technician put me onto the Vitamin D and my GYN agreed with her. It really works.
    I never had Baby Blues after my daughter was born, but she had PPD really bad after she had her first son. Not as bad with the second one, but it can get really bad.
    Take care. I enjoyed another interesting post here.

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    January 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I have the winter blues. Thanks for cheering me up. I hope the long looks on the girls don’t last much longer.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    The fellas did a great job on the song, but then they usually do.
    One picture is worth a thousand words—never truer than the look on those two faces! No doubt the girls are deep in the blues.
    This time of year, no sun and lots of COLD produce the blues for me. I turn on all the lights, and dive head first into a book and stay there, that helps.
    But spring is coming, I know the darker it is the closer spring is!

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    Jennifer in OR
    January 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Tipper, I LOVED the Deep Ellum Blues, and thanks for pointing out the Mammason/Pappason part or I would have missed it and Paul’s smile!
    No blues here, got a warm fire going and company comin.

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    Julie O'Neill
    January 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

    i have the I miss my Caffeine blues! It’s my new resolve to kick the habit (my latest blog posts explain) and the first 3 weeks have been hard but I am starting to like the way I feel again – more alert, less grumpy, etc.
    But I still miss the comfort of a warm cup of tea or coffee!
    A good way to kick the blues is to listen to the music from your blog!

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    January 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I’ve been having the “my husbands an ass blues” oh wait….can I say that on here?

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    January 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I’ve got the “if it’s gonna be this cold, it should snow” blues.
    LOVED “Deep Ellum Blues”!

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    January 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I know the blues of which you speak. I hope the homework or whatever gets done so the dancers will be back in action!

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    Helen G.
    January 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    You already know I’ve got the de-construction from Christmas blues and s.a.d. Other than that… too many people living in close proximity. Can’t say I’ve got money blues. Been poor for a while and don’t need much, so I’m kinda used to that. I can entertain myself here on the internet and am gonna do a little of that now. I’m off to listen to me some Deep Ellum Blues.

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    Matthew Burns
    January 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Going back to your previous post, I’ve got the blue-a$$ed cold blues, in addition to the Poor Boy Blues, and the Doggone Lonesome Blues. I keep thinking of the words to Waymore’s Blues, “If you wanna get to Heaven got to D-I-E, you gotta put on your coat and D-I-E.” I hope it doesn’t mean anything except that I like that song!
    Maybe it’s just the Trying to Thaw Out Blues, or even Brain Freeze!
    Your post and the song was just what I needed to get me through this super cold night in the dark of winter. Thanks.

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    January 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    It’s too darn cold to go outside blues!

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    January 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Yep that was a good one!!!
    I don’t think I have an unusual Blue… The usual Money blue’s, but I am tired of worrying about them…. So I’m just not gonna.
    Oh fiddle dee dee…

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    Valarie Lea
    January 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I really liked that one! I need to show this one to my Brother-n-Law. 🙂

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    noble pig
    January 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Oh geez the girls look sad…but tough love pays back in the future so much more. I remember the baby blues, thinking the world had seriously ended…it quickly passed!

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    January 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I really enjoyed the video. I guess I have the old winter time, stay in the house blues.

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    Julie at Elisharose
    January 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    No blues around here right now. It’s cold for us, but not too bad.
    As for that post-holiday let down, not me. I always sleep for a week and then am ready for things to get back to normal!

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    nancy Simpson
    January 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Tipper, I’m okay. I’m writing myself out of winter.
    Meanwhile, I enjoyed hearing “Deep Ellum Blues.”

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    Diane ( Crafty Passions)
    January 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I have the mother in law blues, she lives with us you see and has the beginnings of alzheimers,its getting mighty messy round here!

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