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I found that I raged on for quite a bit in my good music article. However, somehow I felt it wasn't quite complete. It was missing something.

It hit me quite quickly and plainly. What the argument needed was that inspirational speech provided by Elwood Blues to his band when they were about to mutiny from Blues brothers 2000.

That moment is quite possibly the only moment of the whole film that is worth seeing, apart from the 'Ghostriders in the sky' song.

So here it is, the speech where Elwood explains exactly why he feels the Blues is still necessary.

Heed these words!


Elwood's motivational speech

Elwood, inspired, and Buster walk out of the woods to the opening strains of Green Onions'...

You may go if you wish.
Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gansta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccarine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordan, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonnyboy Williamson I (and II), Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Pressley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss.

Donald Duck' Dunn: 'Who is Robert K. Weiss?'

Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Blues, R&B, and Soul, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the music which has moved mankind through seven decades leading to the millenium will whither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect.


Good music still rules!


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