Fortunate Son

Even a gunshot wound can't stop blues giant Son Seals.

Seals concedes that maintaining this pace is not as easy as it used to be. "It's a job, like any other job. Now, it may be a little bit harder when you're on the road traveling and all, but you just get used to it, because it's your job. How do you do it? I don't know. You just get up, you eat and get yourself ready and go do your job. Don't matter what you are or how old you get to feeling. That's how you have to do it."

For many of us, taking a bullet in the head might make our jobs seem somewhat insignificant. But that's not the case with Seals, who feels that his songs are his legacy. "I would hope that people would find them interesting enough to keep coming out to listen to them, now and long after I'm gone. But if you don't listen to me, then listen to somebody playing this music. Keep it going. Because, you know, the blues is the roots of all of it. If the blues dies, it's all over."

The 1997 Boulder Blues Festival, with Son Seals & the Chicago Fire Band and Mem Shannon & the Membership. 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18, Fox Theater, 1135 13th Street, Boulder, $14.70, 786-7030. Son Seals. 9 p.m. Sunday, September 21, Brendan's, 1624 Market Street, $5, 595-0609.

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