What about all of this Blues Trail hoopla? Why memorialize these blues musicians? Well, of course, the state of Mississippi is proud of their native sons and daughters. And, one good answer is obvious, just the joy that is shared by music lovers. But we happened upon another answer to that question in Clarksdale, Mississippi. You might say this particular answer is “passing it forward.”
Our time at Ground Zero wasn't during one of the popular live performances, but maybe that was fortuitous in one way. We met locals and had some interesting conversations. We talked with bikers stopping through, a couple celebrating their anniversary shooting pool and local workers who seemed to love their jobs. The 18-year-old bartender told us with great enthusiasm of her plans to leave Clarksdale to pursue her career, not in blues but as a rocker. She was soooo grateful to her hometown for the foundation in music and to the museum for giving her a great deal of musical education. But... she was "really a rocker." You could just see in her eyes the desire to get out there and make some music. Again, more evidence of “passing it forward."
For future reference, while we were in town at the museum we discovered there are RV hookups in their parking lot available for visitors at no charge. There's more to see and hear another time when we can park in the midst of the action. For now, that concludes our Blues Trail travels.