By Robert HornMo Rodgers. A while back, when I first set out to develop a website called the HealingPowerOfBlues.com, I decided I wanted some music that was representative of the topic. The first song I thought of was "Blues Is My Wailing Wall" by Mo Rodgers. I felt that it was the most perfect song for the website.
(Listen to the entire track at mightymorodgers.com)
That is when I first contacted Mo. It was almost three years ago...
Now days I am in touch with Mo on a daily basis. Whenever there is any political or cultural event in the world that gets people talking and debating, Mo has an opinion. Sometimes on Facebook he will post a few song lyrics as a statement. He goes deeper into philosophy, psychology, history, and other fields. His academic background includes philosophy and humanities, and Mo would he would fit nicely into a sociology or black history department too. Mo is not at all narrow in his consciousness either. He credits Europe as well as Africa for some of the pre-conditions for the blues to come into being. He also discusses with me and others how he thinks the south is haunted and how the blues has a healing characteristic.
Recent events in Arizona have he and I in communication a lot lately, and Martin Luther King Day is another time we've posted exchanges online.
Took Away The Drum. Some other songs with a lot of power embodied in them include: Happy As A Runaway Slave, and Shame.
Mo's music is well done, his art has a lot to say, and conversations with him are great ones. I highly recommend taking the time to watch these videos:
Editor's note: For more on The Healing Power of Blues visit: HealingPowerOfBlues.com. Also, check out these articles:
Blue Genes Evolutionary Musings on All American Blues by Rand De MatteiBlues as Therapy By Robert HornTwo Days With the Blues Doctor By Robert HornHealing in the Shadow of the Blues By Rand de MatteiOn The Therapeutic Role of The Blues Singer By Joseph Moreno