tons of sobs

electric fingertips channeling screeching soul

air magiced vibrato tugging the guts of it all

smoky vocal painting velvet strokes

snake hipped bass lines with funk to spare

a beat so far back it was the original rhythm

young gifted bluesmen breaking out

breaking Free


Posted for Quadrille #40 at dVerse

Notes: Formed in London in 1968 by vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Paul Kossoff, bassist Andy Fraser and drummer Simon Kirke, the group signed with Island Records and released their debut album Tons of Sobs in 1969. At the time of their formation Rodgers and Kirk were 18, Kossoff 17 and Fraser just 15. One major musical disappointment in my life is that I was too young to see them burn their bright star before it was all over.

‘We were hell-bent on what we did. I didn’t care if I live or died, but for the band.’        Paul Rodgers



38 thoughts on “tons of sobs

  1. lillian says:

    LOVE this. Love when you use your musical talents within your posts (which really is always) — thank goodness we have recordings of those musicians we were not fortunate to see. Really enjoyed this one, Paul.

  2. says:

    “electric fingertips channeling screeching soul”

    Now there’s a surrealism of imagery that plays with electric guitars
    and lighting up the digital of souls screeching and surfing the channels of waves.

    smoky vocal painting velvet strokes

    Once again, the surrealism of each line paints its own imagination to the reader and welcomes an interpretation of beautiful worlds that I myself would love to live in. 🙂

    Superb! writing. 🙂

  3. kim881 says:

    Thank you for the blast of Free, Paul! Free is right up there for David and me – I know he wished he sounded more like Paul Rodgers than the singer from Diamondhead.
    These lines ring true for me:
    ‘smoky vocal painting velvet strokes
    snake hipped bass lines with funk to spare’.

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