Grammy Award-winning blues musician Charlie Musselwhite met recently with filmmaker Erickson Blakney and students from Griot Arts and Spring Initiative in Clarksdale, Mississippi to talk about his life and career.
‘Several months ago three of our Big Spring girls got to engage in a truly unique and incredible opportunity, along with a few students from Griot: they got to participate in an official interview with Grammy-award winning blues artist Charlie Musselwhite!
The students did a great job conducting the interview, and Mr. Musselwhite blew everyone away with his charm and warmth. Although all three of our Spring girls loved how professional and grown up the experience felt, they were also deeply impressed by how personal, close, and friendly Mr. Musselwhite was throughout their whole time together, which made it that much more enjoyable!
It was so exciting for both them and us — and the resulting podcast/picture slideshow is now online for everyone to watch and share (see above). We really encourage everyone to take a look: it is truly a special creation. We are so grateful to our friend Mr. Erickson Blakney for helping to set up all of this… and we can’t wait for our next opportunity to catch up with Mr. Musselwhite himself again, because he is just so awesome!!
Nekirah Betts, who was the professional photographer-in-training (under the skilled leadership of County Administrator/professional photographer Daniel Vassel), offered her reflections: “I think Charlie Musselwhite is so cool! I liked when he said he still gets into his music and every time he plays one of his songs it’s always different. I also like his smile! It makes him look like a little kid. :)”
Aries Bennett and Kimberly Scott got to interview Mr. Musselwhite directly, and also absolutely loved the experience. “Meeting Charlie was a really good experience,” Aries said. “I got to learn lots of cool things about him, like even though he has been playing for a very long time he still puts himself into his music. He also likes to eat at Backyard Burger. He has a wife and children. Charlie specializes in playing the harmonica. Those are just some of the things I learned when I met and interviewed Charlie Musselwhite.”
Kimberly added her feelings, focusing on how special she felt to be part of this process: “I was very excited when I first met Mr. Musselwhite, but at the same time I was scared! But then he started telling us about his life and how good the blues is and how he grew up around the blues and when he was little he loved to hear it… He also won a Grammy. He is part Cherokee and he didn’t know until he got older and found out that his mother was one. But once he started talking I got so excited to talk to him and was asking him questions like I was a reporter, and I felt so special that day!”
Make sure you check out the podcast (+ the beautiful pictures!). We are so proud of our girls and of the final product: http://youtu.be/Nb2wcL7tooc. Thank you again to Mr. Blakney and especially to Mr. Musselwhite for being such a wonderful interviewee! :)’
Your Spring Team