In the early days when I had just started translating and interpreting the works of the iconic the 13th Century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi, I became aware of what I thought then were strange similarities between Rumi lyrics and the American blues.
If we don't manage emotional energy or negative thoughts about the future during this time of year, it can lead to the winter blues. Trying to enjoy the quiet spirit of winter but not being able to can make anyone feel out of step and add to a feeling of isolation.
It's very hard to stay "blue" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People have to work hard to do that, which is good news. You have the power -- even if you're experiencing the blues -- to get relief if you want it.
Now on the second leg of an epic U.S. tour -- to be followed in Asia and Europe -- Bonnie Raitt has taken it to a new level. Reading through the show-by-show reviews of her performances is like being witness to an ecstatic coronation.
I wish that one fine musician sweet soldier of the road, hadn't had to worry about paying his health bills or rent. We can change that story. The magic of the blues is it makes us feel--action is up to us.