Years before Amy (my wife and songwriting partner)’s miraculous pancreas transplant cured her nearly lifelong case of Type 1 diabetes, she had penned this gem of a blues song about what it felt like to have too much sugar when this condition made everything worse.
She wrote the lyric with the sense of humor, honesty and vulnerability that makes a great blues song. She also instinctively understood blues tropes and wielded them in an original way. Take lines like “Takes longer than scraping tar off the Devil’s shoes.”
The track is out today on Bandcamp and all streaming services.
Here’s the lyric video:
My approach to recording the music was to keep everything as raw and live as possible – minimal takes or edits; minimal sound effects, and a classic blues arrangement – a lead vocal, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, organ, drums and bass. It came out with a real Chicago blues vibe.
A fun fact about the video:
That’s my daughter Holly’s hand pouring the molasses into the bowl.
Molasses doesn’t smell as sweet as I expected it to. Holly said, “it smells like Dad if he were farting all the time.” Thanks…I think????
Molasses Blues (c) 2009, Lyrics by Amy Didner; Music by Jason Didner Lyrics: No sadness fades slower Than molasses blues No sadness fades slower Than molasses blues Takes longer than scraping tar Off the devil's shoes Her love was sweeter Than a steamy, sticky honey bun Her love was sweeter Than a steamy, sticky honey bun Just one taste And all my senses come undone I was lulled into thinking She would never, ever cut me off I was lulled into thinking She would never, ever cut me off But her sweet intoxication Made my candy-coated brain go soft Oh, doctor please help me Kick these molasses blues Oh, doctor please help me Kick these molasses blues So I just say no to cane sugar And Equal or Splenda or Stevia or even agave syrup Is what I choose