The blues is expressed with immense feeling, honesty and most importantly; elegant simplicity and sophistication. Blues gave a sense of freedom, a way of being heard to the opposing parties (oppressors and segregators). A way to voice one’s struggles in life; broken heart, lack of currency, social status. To the voicing satisfaction in overcoming of such obstacles gives the listener a sense of motivation and hope/drive to succeed in life.
Highly driven and confident David most certainly overcame the mighty Goliath and revealed Goliath’s weaknesses. That is key to the story we all know. Weaknesses of the most powerful are revealed by those whose voices are not heard directly. Rather, heard by peaceful protests and through music. The Blues most certainly gives that vibe!
Blues Is A Unique Language
When I first started to take up guitar lessons, my enthusiasm to finally play the music of my favourite greats elevated. Hendrix, Knopfler, BB King, Clapton, Rory Gallagher, John Mayer (later on though).
However, my lessons consisted of the C and G major scale, classical style guitar. I remember the day, not as vividly, but I asked the instructor to teach me Here Comes The Sun (Beatles obviously). That was sadly not in the curriculum. Instead to perform in front of teachers and parents, the theme tune to Titanic. We all know it! It is a great tune, but it is not the same feeling of blues music. Though, it is interlinked.
Why? Language Of The Blues.
The way in which each note is played selectively and with purpose, vibrations of the half/full tone bends to reach the blues notes, the common phrases I recognised (licks). All these factors gave my emotions the true new meaning of “feeling the blues.” The language of the blues spoke to me. We all speak the same language of music.
Blues Music Is A stepping Stone For Freedom and Equality
It is a well established fact, blues music paved the way to all genres of current music. Pop, R&B, country…Each genre sounds different yet seem interlinked at the same time. The blues has brought music a long way.
However, blues started in the 1800’s at Delta Mississippi. It was during the time within the end stage of slavery in USA. As a result of the awful historical slavery era, poverty alongside unlawful rules and regulations within the less economical society (African Americans) started to appear.
There was no freedom and equality. The black community started to sing songs whilst ploughing crops in the fields, picking cotton for the fabric industry. This would occur at places known as “juke joints”, where the struggling community would gather round, listen to the blues with the guitar (slide) and harmonica. Sharing the struggles, as though they are soothed by the blues sound.
It is the humming and lyrical genius of the least powerful in society that opened the gates to a whole new world of music. This musical tone with emotion gave us Blues Music. The music of emotion and motivation to succeed within the short time we all have on Earth.
Want To Listen To The Most essential Blues Music?
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That is my cup of tea right there. Fusion of Rock, Jazz, Modern music is what I call Modern Blues. Watchtower (Hendrix), Sailing To Philadelphia (Knopfler), Bad Penny by Rory Gallagher and literally all of John Mayer and Clapton.
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