Friday, September 19, 2008

The Beginning of the Blues

According to Wikipedia, the word "blues" is "a vocal and instrumental form of music, based on the use of the 'blue' notes. It emerged a......form of self-expression in African-American communities of the United States, from spirituals, work songs, 'field hollers', shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballards. The use of 'blue' notes and the prominance of 'call and response' patterns in the music and lyrics are indicative of African influence."

W. C. Handy has been called the "Father of the Blues."

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