The blues is something that we relate to sadness, regrets and loneliness. This is where we got the expression “you got the blues” but that is not just what blues can give us.
Blues is also one of the many genres of music that many people would listen into. Most of the lyrics of the blues songs generally speak a lot about a person’s feelings or emotions. Aside from that, blues songs often speak about how you can go through all the sadness and loneliness that you are feeling. All in all, this genre of music is all about the deeper emotions that we feel in our everyday lives.
For American blues, the history dates back in the 19th century. This is the part of the history where African-americans were still slaves until their predecessors invented this kind of music. The evolution of these slaves’ chanting and singing during their life in the farms eventually became what we know now as blues. Not only that they sing their songs whenever they are happy, sad or even angry of their slave masters.
Blues and jazz are somewhat similar and this is because of the influence of both genres of music with each other within the years of being invented until today. The first blues songs were known to be done from Mississippi near New Orleans and this is also where jazz was also created.
It is understood that there is no person that have created the Blues but there are so many people that claimed to have discovered blues and this is why we couldn’t have gotten a definite date of how or when blues was created.
There were not so many slaves of the 1800s who had a great contribution in revolutionizing the genre of music of genre. Although it was flourishing, the development had declined as the forefathers of the music died. It slowly died with them but there were those that have followed through their footsteps. As time went by, blues has been incorporated into many other and they have infused other music and tunes.
Though we do not need to know more about what blues is, we all know that it is composed of 12 bars or what we call measure and there are notes that are specifically utilized by the music. Blue notes is what we call on those parts of the scale that are individualized.
Known people who pioneered blues in the early 1900s such as leadbelly, Charlie Patton and many more are known to be played by these people with the use of just a guitar. Though there are times that these people would gather together with their fellow bluesman during some ceremonies especially in crop fields or in any of their camps. Jug bands are what their term of how blues have been playing their music before. This Is because of the jug instrument that they use along with their fiddles, harmonicas and even washboards.
When the country blues moved to the cities and other locales, it took on various regional characteristics. Hence the St. Louis blues, the Memphis blues, the Louisiana blues, etc. Chicago bluesmen such as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters were the first to electrify the blues and add drums and piano in the late 1940s. Until the later years of 1900s, blues stayed from countryside and then later carried into the cities and other urban places which were constantly added different variations by people who were really into blues. This is how blues become what it is today. Blues have had a lot of history and background that a lot of people don’t know about. But with all of it, we could say that blues is one of the best genres there is for us to enjoy and entertain ourselves in listening into.
The music influenced scores of future artists such as The Four Seasons and eventual Broadway musicals like Jersey Boys.