24. The Blues - Blues The most important extra-musical...

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The most important extra-musical meaning of blues‚ refers to a state of mind . Blues did not enter popular American usage until after the Civil War; and as a description of music that expressed such a mental state among the black population it may not have gained currency until after 1900 .
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The two meanings are closely related in the history of the blues as music, and it is generally understood that a blues performer sings plays to rid himself of blues. This is so important to blues musicians that many maintain one cannot play the music unless one has blue feelings.
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The blues was considered a perpetual presence in the lives of black Americans and was frequently personified in their music. Within blues as folk music, this ability is the essence of the art; a singer or performer who does not express feelings is not a Blues artist.
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As the blues was created largely by musicians who had little education and scarcely any of whom could read music, improvisation, both
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2009 for the course MUS 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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24. The Blues - Blues The most important extra-musical...

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