sing the blues

sing the blues

1. Literally, to sing blues music or in that style. There was this old man singing the blues at the bar last night; it was a really moving bit of music.
2. By extension, to complain, whine, or express grief, especially as a means of gaining sympathy from others. Many people will sing the blues over trivial inconveniences, while millions of others silently suffer real hardships every day.
See also: blues, sing
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Opening the cd, Porter delivers an earthy blues number "Rez Blues", reminding us that Native people have probably earned the right to sing the blues as much as anyone.
AoMy God,Ao he said, AoI never heard a woman sing the blues like you sing the blues.
Opener Runaround Man sounds like Chas & Dave at a heavy metal karaoke night, Rock Out is so similar to Ace Of Spades that Lemmy should sue himself, and the likes of Teach You How To Sing The Blues and One Short Life teeter precariously on the brink of ZZ Top territory.
JAZZ singer Val Wiseman has returned to the home town where she learned to sing the blues.
To sing the blues, you have to live the blues or it's not real to me.
When music and blues fans talk about ladies who sing the blues, they will undoubtedly bring up pioneers like Ma Rainey and Mamie Smith.
Mick is one of the greatest artists of all time and his ability to sing the blues is legendary.
Six stellar singers headlined Ladies Sing the Blues for Sarasota in Defense of Animals.
As one of the most significant songwriters of the modern era, Harold Arlen composed such memorable tunes as "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "A Sleepin' Bee," and "Come Rain Or Come Shine.
Hearing her mother sing the blues, Claudia finds herself
EIGHTH ANNUAL SOLVANG BLUES FESTIVAL: You can sing the blues, dance or just just dine and enjoy the music at this toe-tapping event at the Royal Scandinavian Inn in Solvang.
Readers can hear Junior Baby's poems sing the blues of lost opportunities, lost love, middle passage, South Africa, and today's black men, and can almost enter into the transformative mode a griot's healing, connecting celebration of remembrances and possibilities creates.
GO ahead and sing the blues for the city of Los Angeles and the outrageous manipulation of the contract to run the Greek Theatre.
Before her audience has had an opportunity to identify with her, she has identified herself with them and established her right to sing the blues.
But then, he'd just sing the blues, and just as badly.