DJ Notes | Inspired by ‘The Blues Brothers’

Blues Sister

(Photo by Erin Maguire)

Merchant Moonshine is a quarterly London blues night organised by Blues Revolution. Last night the guest musicians were the Limehouse Leigh Sextet. The dancers loved their New Orleans inspired jazz. Photographer Tim Gee took some great pictures.

There was also a Blues Brothers theme. I LOVE an excuse to dress up and I was SO happy to have an excuse to buy a trilby hat!

If you’ve seen The Blues Brothers or heard the soundtrack you’ll know how awesome it is. As the guest DJ for the night, I wanted to play music inspired by the film that dancers would enjoy.

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DJ notes | I’m Listening

What Do I Listen To?I was dancing with a friend on Sunday when they asked me,

‘What are you listening to at the moment, Tracy?’

I had to think a while before I answered. It wasn’t easy to say. The truth is, I don’t have a job where I can listen to music while I work. Nor do I have a commute when I can pass the time with my headphones on.

At home, my family have too many opinions about music for me to be able to listen to my own playlists more than a couple of times a week.

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Etta James

If there is one artist whose music I include almost every single time I play – It’s Etta James. Her range and repertoire are huge, so there’s an Etta James song for every mood.  Her vocals always touch my heart and soul.

Here’s a playlist of my favourites so you can listen along if you would like.

Last year I read her autobiography, Rage to Survive, which I found inspiring and saddening in pretty much equal measures. If you are interested in learning more about blues music in general, and Etta James in particular, I’d recommend reading it.

Etta’s life was tragic yet triumphant. She didn’t have a straight-forward upbringing, which may have contributed to her heroin addiction, but she raised a family and continued to be in demand as an artist and performer throughout her life.

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