The Blues Essay

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The Blues



The Blues

One can surely conclude that without the blues the face of music would be very different
today. Originating in Africa during the time when Africans were being extracted for the
slave trade, the blues found its way into the southern United States. This form of music
dipped into the emotions felt by lonely slaves removed from their families and native
land. Perhaps the only common thing between blacks and whites in this turbulent time were
these notes of sorrow. White people accepted their slavesí music and compared their
misery to their own. This parallel was one of the only things shared by the clashing
races.

Since then the blues have worked their way into all forms of contemporary music. Jazz,
Rock and Roll, Bluegrass and even Rap are based on the patterns and principles of the
Blues. This is why it is a turning point. Without this African influence it is obvious
that most forms of music would be different if not nonexistent today.

Blues legend B.B. King is a perfect example of the musicís diversity. In addition to the
original blues he has played songs with other artists in the fields of Rap, Rock and Roll
and even Reggae.
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