A Sophisticate Sings the Blues

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"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness" Jonathan Safran Foer

Beyond hearing any type of string instrument in a song (The Heartstrings of a Sophisticate), another factor to whether I love a song or not is whether I can see myself within the song. Has my imagination taken me to place where there is sunshine and happiness? The moment I heard "The Very Thought of You" by Billie Holiday I was transported to a warm sunny place with the person  I loved the most. 

"Tears are words that need to be written" Paulo Coelho 

Listening to the song "The Very Thought of You" makes me happy and I wondered why? What was it about the lyrics or her voice that inspired such joy? What made me so happy when I listened "The Very Thought of You"? I realized it was my identification with the sadness in her voice. The lyrics are about when she is thinking about the one she loves meaning that they are  not in her arms.

The memory of being happy allows a Sophisticate to feel happy as well. Memories are memories because nothing lasts forever. The fact that nothing lasts forever is sad. A Sophisticate has experienced enough sadness to give her the knowledge and the voice to express it. 

The things that are truly a Sophisticate are her emotions, feelings, and her truth. One of those feelings is sadness. A Sophisticate allows herself to feel and express sadness without letting those emotions have an affect her attitude and thus her behavior. One of the way, she lets her sadness go is by singing the blues.

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” Clive  Barker

When she sings about happiness there is a touch of sadness in her voice because there is a touch of sadness in her life. A Sophisticate knows and understand the way of life. The way or golden rule of life is that nothing lasts forever. Sadness comes  from the loss of happiness. Happiness is the escape from feeling sad.  Whatever is happy is sad and whatever is sad can be happy. 

A good blues singer makes her audience feel sad even when the lyrics are meant to be happy. Why? Because a Sophisticate who sings the blues knows happiness and sadness are one in the same. 

In the end, a Sophisticate sings the blues because she knows, appreciates, and understands the pure joy of being happy. ;D