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Unformatted text preview: 9/25/08 1 Lecture 10, September 25 blues in the 1920s & 30s scale, intervals, & chords blues lyrics, styles 12-bar blues form 9/25/08 2 focus on blues in the 1920s-30s American participation in World War I, 1917-1918 prosperity, expanding popular culture in 1920s recording industry expansion radio broadcasting film with sound Prohibition jazz, blues, & illegal alcohol migrations: rural to urban, South to North Harlem renaissance African American cultural prominence but also heightened racism & segregation stock market crash Great Depression 9/25/08 3 Blues melody: blues scale, blue notes scale = pitches arranged in ascending or descending order blues scale often defined as pentatonic = 5 pitches in an octave also defined in terms of blue notes ex. field holler My Little Annie So Sweet blue notes usually on 3rd, 5th and 7th pitch of scale between the pitches of a Western scale on harmonica & guitar bend pitches 9/25/08 4 blues lyrics - textual conventions form: AAB or A1 A2 B initial idea, repeated and maybe varied concluding idea flexibility: singers can fit as many or as few words as they want into a line not limited by a poetic meter (as in ballads) formulaity: certain ideas, phrases, and entire verses float from one blues to another, one singer to another interjections sung or spoken (well, oh lord ) 9/25/08 5 Stranger Blues 1. Im a stranger here, just blowed in your town, oh yes I am Im a stranger here, just blowed in your town Well, because I'm a stranger, everybody wants to dog me 'round 2. Well, I wonder why some people treat the strangers so. Oh, yes, I do, I wonder why some people treat the strangers so Well, he may be your best friend that you will never know 3. I'm gonna write home to daddy send me my railroad fare....
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