The blues are part of the foundation of American culture that has been shared with the world. Blues migrated from Africa to North America via the slave trade and this a genre of music began in the 19th century as spiritual music. It incorporated many musical styles from the African-American communities and is characterized by its call-and-response technique and unique rhythm and chord progressions. The blues often features a slow, “chuga-chuga choo-choo train” type of rhythm, that is usually in a 12/8-time signature (four beats where each beat is made up of three notes), as opposed to the conventional 4/4 time heard in most pop music. The I-IV-V chord structure (C for the root note, followed by F perfect fourth, and G a perfect fifth) in blues is beyond iconic, and this sets the mood and becomes the foundation for this music. This makes blues a simplistic genre at its core, but it’s easy to add layers of complexity on top, which is perhaps why so many talented guitarists were drawn to it. Modern blues has its roots in the Mississippi Delta with many African American musicians who fled the exploitative plantations to head north, often landed in Chicago.
Last week we had Syncopative where the theme was to find music by rappers or hip-hop artists. This week the theme is to find Blues music. Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two. Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post. Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about. Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music. Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it. If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.
This week I will be writing about the Son House song ‘Walking Blues’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ by The Who. The upcoming prompts will be:
June 11, 2023 – British Music suggested by Barbara from teleportingweena ghostmmnc
June 18, 2023 – Songs from the British Invasion suggested by Clive from Take It Easy
June 25, 2023 – New Music from 2020 or later
July 2, 2023 – Song that you would like to be played at your funeral suggested by Di of pensitivity101