There are only two kinds of music, good and bad.
-- Duke Ellington
June is the month during which I get to deduct a lot of my, um, research expenses. So for the next 30 days, I will go buck wild.
To be sure, I love good music but I live for the blues. If I clear my desk in time, I will follow the North Star (OK, hop on Amtrak) to Toronto for the Distillery Blues Festival.
I was last in Toronto in 1984 to visit my then-boyfriend. On my five-hour flight from San Francisco, I listened to one track, “Billie Jean,” nonstop. This time, I’ll take the train and my MP3 player will be blasting Etta James' "Stacked Deck" and other blues divas.
For a schedule of blues festivals, click here.