Blues as Experience

“That it was the history of the African American people as text, as tale, as story, as exposition, narrative, or what have you, that the music was the score, the American life, our words, the libretto, to those actual, lived lives…the music was explaining the history as the history was explaining the music. And that both were expressions of and reflections of the people!” (Amira Baraka, Blues People)

 

Intense

Expressive

Personal

Physical

Vocal

Cultural History

Call and Response

Audience participation

Dancing

A “negation”(?) of elements

Individuality

Uncensored

Groove

Story

Slide Guitar

Coded language

Heavy Metaphor

Locality

Work Song/Rhythm

Poetry

Poverty

Slavery

Segregation

Migration

To make sophisticated/to make raw

Not two, not one

Irony

Mississippi

New Orleans

Kansas City

St. Louis

New York City

Aural

Gospel Music

Baptist

Congregation, Choir, Minister

Water, Trains, Highways, Guns, Women, Men, Work, God, Devil, Crazy, Abuse, Love, Fine and Mellow…

 

 

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