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This song was inspired by a quote from a lovely book of short stories called "Touched by the Blues", lovingly collected and edited by Eli M. Marcus.

In this story, an aspiring bluesman meets his hero, Mr. B.B. King, and Mr. King looks him dead in the eye and tells him to "stay with it" (as in, keep on playing the blues).

This book came into my life right at the point where I needed this motivational kick to keep developing my songwriting, and I decided to play *against* the lyrics by *not* using a standard 12-bar blues.

As I dug through some classic jazz and gospel, I remembered that I really love the song "Yes Indeed" (Tommy Dorsey), but I didn't want to to listen to it while I was composing, so I actually remembered some chords "wrong".

A blessed mistake, it seems :)

lyrics

You gotta stay with it
Stay with the blues
You gotta stay with it
No matter what you choose
When you wake up in the morning
Till you lay down at night
You gotta hold on to the blues real tight

You gotta stay with it
Stay with the blues
You gotta keep at it
No matter what you choose
When you’re jammin’ all night long
Even when the jive is gone
The music just keeps going on and on

You gotta stay with it
Stay with the blues
You gotta rock with it
No matter what you choose
When you’re feeling sad and low
You know just what to do
So raise your hands and pray to the gods in blue

You gotta stay
You gotta stay
You gotta stay with it
You gotta rock
You gotta roll
You gotta roll with it
When you’re jammin’ all night long
Even when the jive is gone
The music just keeps going on and on

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from Stay With It, released February 2, 2018
Written and composed by Miss Mikey May
Arranged by Jan Kořínek and Osian Roberts

Featuring Jan Fečo on alto saxophone

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Miss Mikey May Prague, Czech Republic

Blues vocalist with a minor in Jazz, dives deep and strong into the roots of Swing, Gospel, and Soul, and takes no prisoners. Her music will get your heart thumping, your soul singing, and your body dancing!

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