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JJ Cale

Of the artists I obsessed over during my blues years in high school, few topped JJ Cale. If he hadn't sang some of the songs I loved, he wrote them for Slowhand, or had inspired other acts like Mark Knopfler. His smooth blues mixed with rock and jazz were really something special.

Mark Beech in Bloomberg has the nicest summary I've seen:

He was a guitar player who avoided show — the underrated guitarists' underrated guitarist — and yet crafted economical, outstanding rock solos, especially when dueling with his friend Clapton.

Naturally, I wanted to pay tribute to him in my own nerdy way. For this, I turn to my younger self, and the cover of his song I used to sing down the hallways in early high school.

Are you ready? Because, if you want to hang out, you gotta take her out;
Coffee.
If you want to get down, brewing the grounds;
Coffee.
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie…
Coffee.

If you got bad news, you want to roast them blues;
Coffee.
When your day is done, and you got to run
Coffee.
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie…
Coffee.

If your thing is gone, and you want to ride on;
Coffee.
Don't forget this fact, you can't brew it back;
Coffee.
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie…
Coffee.

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