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B.B. King Tribute-Wearin’ My Blues

IMG_7276Hello Ladies

I wanted to write this post as I was saddened by the loss of one of the Blues greatest musicians over the weekend, B.B. King. In dedication, I am wearing my blues today!






Yes, even my shoes have flowers on them!



  Me and My Gibson : name that chord? ! 


Artistic shot of my Gibson 335 Guitar 

I don’t know if I have mentioned this on the blog, but in college, I played in a Blues band with my other college musician friends.I stuck out like a sore thumb, however as I had more of a heavy metal BC Rich bass in electric pink color. We all loved the old blues musicians, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and BB King. We also played Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

So much of the blues music that BB King played effects me to this day, as the raw emotion from the blues in what continues to draw me to this style of music. BB King had his signature style, as he was no “speed demon” playing fast runs up and down the fretboard, but rather his style was melodic and played from the heart.

“Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American Hall of Fame blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Rolling Stone ranked King number 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked number 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list).[2] He was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”.[3] According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibratothat would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.”[4] King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King).[5][6][7] King was also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s.[8] In 1956, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows.[9]” ** Source Wikipedia

I graduated in Jazz Guitar from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, but probably enjoyed my time playing with the band the most. BB King was an influence in such that I listen for melodic lines in music when improvising. I love the sound and the stories behind the blues, even though a pentatonic scale is just that, 5 notes. This is where feeling, and heart come into play.

So, on that “note” I am “wearing my blues” today as a tribute to BB King. A blues legend. I had only this year started to add more blue hues to my wardrobe, as it was something that was lacking and I new certain shades that would look good on me. I love mints, aqua, pastel blue and other shades.

Today’s look is blue denim from Citizens for Humanity, with a  navy blue peplum top. The unique cut out design on the top is what attracted me to it, as I favor details in my clothes.  Adding to the look is my baby blue Kate Spade bag.

What else would this post be without sharing my Gibson 335 guitar, in which my little fur bear, Gibson was named after. As you know, BB played his Gibson 335, named Lucille throughout his life and the guitar became almost as much of an icon.


So, I hope you enjoyed my “Blues Outfit of the Day” and can sit back and listen to some of my favorite BB King tunes.

The Thrill is Gone: ( one of our band’s favorites)

and with Eric Clapton

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Have a great day!
Jess xx

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  • Reply
    May 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    what a lovely post! I’m from Memphis and the news broke my heart. This is a beautiful tribute to his legacy!

    C’s Evolution of Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Chioma, I went to one of his establishments in Chicago, but he wasnt playing there. I have seen him perform though. Great musician , and glad you enjoyed it!

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    Accidental Icon
    May 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love the blues as in music and this spring have been having a flirtation, not yet full blown love affair with the color blue. You wear it beautifully. My partner Calvin will lust after the Gibson.

    Accidental Icon

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I have always loved blues music. I miss playing in the band I was in. I appreciate the lovely comment on my outfit I actually need more blue in my wardrobe . Ah yes, I wanted this guitar for 20 yrs , and finally bought one. xx

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    May 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Lovely floral dress and I like the floral sandals with it! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post – thanks for sharing, Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thank you Jennie! Glad you enjoyed it, thought it was timely and the dress is perfect for it being so hot here already! xx

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    Amy Ann
    May 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What a pretty dress! I love how there is pattern mixing built in.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Amy! That is one thing I liked about it ! xx

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    Monica Siembieda
    May 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I’m not going to lie, but the fact that you not only know how to play guitar, you played in a band. That’s pretty badass! Love the tribute as well. Great post!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much! Yeah, great times in a band. I wish I was playing in one now. Glad you enjoyed my post Monica! xx

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    Lisa Maynard
    May 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Gorgeous!! This dress was made for you XO!! Thank you so much for sharing with #linkupwithlisa @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2015/05/linkupwithlisa-17-purple-dress.html

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you Lisa! It is a favorite summer dress! xx

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    Anna Shirley
    May 19, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I wish I could see B.B.King live on stage. Very touching post Jess.

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    Monika Faulkner
    May 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Lovely, summery dress, dear Jessica…and the flower-embellished sandals couldn’t be a more perfect go-with!! Sad to hear about the death of BB King; as an (obviously!) accomplished jazz musician yourself, I can imagine that you are especially touched by his loss.


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    Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    May 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Such a lovely post Jess. Your dress is lovely on you, I like the neckline and your floral sandals are beautiful.

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    May 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful dress! Cool sandals too – such a fab choice!
    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

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    Petite Silver Vixen (@petitevix)
    May 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    What a lovely tribute. B.B. King was a musician’s musician and I’m not surprised he influenced you. He was a consumate artist. I appreciate the blues but I’m more of a jazz girl at heart. One of my favourite ever jazz guitarists or even jazz musicians is Ed Bickert. It’s reminded me of one very special night. I saw him in concert once, years ago at the Montreal Jazz club in Toronto where he played with Bill Mays. Sublime.

    It’s great seeing you with your guitar. Do you have several that you play?

    And the sandals are super cute. Perfect with your outfit. And yes, I love the cut of the top too. Not something I could get away with, but fabulous on you.

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    May 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for paying tribute to such a musical genius.
    And pay him tribute you do!
    I LOVE that dress , the colors and the neckline are stunning on you.
    Loved seeing you with your guitar,
    maybe you can share a clip of you, playing your music!
    xx, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it. It is a super comfortable dress too! Oh gosh Elle, I havent played in years due to my illness, I need some practice!

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    May 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I love the neckline of this dress! It’s really fun, and the blue strip outlines it so nicely.


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you! It is hot enough to wear today! See you tomorrow x

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    Marti Magna
    May 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Definitely one of my favorites, glad I was able to see him in concert many years ago. Love your outfit.

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    May 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I love that purse! I always think of buying one but bailing last minute because I feel like it doesn’t match anything in my closet. Then I get home and realize 50% of what I own are neutrals and the purse could really have been a great match. LOL


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      HI Jan, it is one of my favorite bags by Kate Spade. Sure, it would look great with your neutrals too! Go for it xx

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    Posh Prime
    May 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This is such a great post! I love the pretty colors and pattern in your dress! The bag and shoes are accessory perfection!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Thanks so much Megan, I am glad you enjoyed the post. I love blues music and had to write it. Thank you for the lovely comment about the look.xx

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    May 18, 2015 at 9:54 am

    The Blues have lost their King.


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    May 18, 2015 at 9:13 am

    First, you look gorgeous in blues! B.B. King was a god to me, he’s really irreplaceable. So glad to know you can play a blues guitar! xox

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thank you Patti! Yes I love blues, and thank you glad you like the look!

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    May 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Nice tribute! jodie

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