"Hoakie" definition anecdote

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 25 17:36:23 UTC 2014

‘a fire that has been covered up with cinders, when all the fuel has become

When, ca. 1953, I heard the instrumental,

"Blue Cinder,"

by the amazingly still-living Van(n) "Piano Man" Walls, the definition
above is what I pictured in my mind. The idea of shifting the natural red
color imparted to the cinders by the underlying fire to the unnatural,
unreal, impossible, opposite end of the spectrum, implying/reflecting the
blues in the musical sense, bugged my head!

Heavy! In the old StL meaning of "intellectually stimulating."

Disappointingly, when I got my new 78 home and took it out of the package,
the label read,

"Blue Sender."

Oh, well.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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