His Blues music was revolutionary, his spirit uncontainable as he strummed away on his stringed instrument nicknamed "Lucille." A man who thrilled generations with a guitar playing style all his own has gone.
B.B. King has passed away at a ripe old age and we who appreciate what he brought to this life celebrate the man, his music and legacy.
B.B. taught us that every human being, regardless of social or economic circumstances, race or color, gender or sexual orientation, can experience the blues (sorrow). His style of playing the blues underscored how crying and singing away our suffering can aid in dispelling the winds of sadness and healing one's soul.
Nobody intentionally invites life's physical, mental and emotional pains to their doorstep, but its a blessing to know that when they come knocking at our door there is a home remedy one can take to ease the misery and sadness they bring. B.B. was the "other" Doctor King, healing hearts and souls while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was actively attempting to heal the many ills caused by societal prejudice.
Blues music is that home medicine and B.B. King was one of the greatest doctors to ever administer doses of it to sick and suffering souls throughout the world. Doctor King might not cure the cause of your pains, but his blues music sure acts like a sedative, hushing the hurt long enough to allow a distressed soul to rest and regain its strength again.
The great Doctor has left the building, gone away for good.
And now that he's free and gone, all we can do is wish him well.
B.B. King painting by artist Merryl Jaye