Blues Cleaners

Photo by: Sunayana MoiPensieve

Jamal was one of the finest blues men in London. While busking near the market, his guitar case always overflowed with cash appreciation. His music was powerful, literally sweeping away his audience’s bad feelings. People walked away from Jamal feeling clean and happy. He sang:

Well I’m a blues broom for you
I’ll sweep away that bad doo-doo.

But there was a cost for absorbing all those blues. Now everyone’s troubles had become Jamal’s troubles. The blues weighed heavily on him. After a few hours he traveled to the park. A crowd of other street performers had collected to listen toΒ  Anita’s music. She sang:

So when your face is sad and wan
Just drop your blues inside my trash can

Soon Jamal felt fresh and clean. Still, he wondered how Anita recovered. Then as he turned a corner he found his answer. A musician played before the house of a prominent and self-aggrandizing politician. Raul sang:

Just take your blues into the blues dump
I’ll give ’em all to this pompous chump!

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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-21-2017/

Author’s Notes:

A “Busker” is a street performer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_performance

This story was inspired by “Steamroller Blues” by James Taylor.

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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15 Responses to Blues Cleaners

  1. James says:

    Not sure I want to listen to the blues after this. Might be catching.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hahahaha! Love how they gave each other their blues as a way to get rid of them. The ending is great! Just give them all to the pompous politician! Great story!!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. michael1148humphris says:

    Good music is all about emotion, great writing

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Joy Pixley says:

    Passing on the pain — oh, how I wish it were so! It’s true, though, that music soothes the soul. This reminds me that I’ve been listening to too much radio and not enough music.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I know exactly what you mean. Music made to make money on the radio just doesn’t have enough soul. Real music music touches the heart and heals it.

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        Well, the only radio I listen to is NPR, and that’s mostly news and story telling and humor. They do occasionally have music, like on Prairie Home Companion, and that’s almost always great. I’d probably listen to more radio (or more music) if I drove to work, but I walk.

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  5. yarnspinnerr says:

    I especially enjoyed the last two lines. Excellent take.

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  6. Lovely take. At each juncture they find support for each other. I love listening to blues – emotive and what not πŸ™‚

    I am leaving a link of my YouTube video in the comments. Thank you for checking it out.

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