Popular in Folklore in the United States
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Date Created: 09/29/15
24 Folklore Herder and Romantic Nationalism Volkslied Folksong the soul of a people Folk roots of national culture Monogenesis One origin of where blues started Polygenesis many possible origins of where the blues started Delta Genesis heavily populated around the Mississippi river because so many Slaves were around there and would sing the blues as they worked 0 Sam Charters Dockery Farms Genesis Blues is thought to have started here and then spread to the delta and farther from there across the south 0 Alan Lomax agrees with the idea of the Delta Genesis ie blues began there and spread from there Texas Genesis some believe the blues started here 0 Blind Lemon Jefferson believed that blues started in Texas Southern Genesis whole plantation system across the south and the blues just kind of started all around the south Popular Genesis and Crossover some believe that the blues was commercialized and had the in uence of the northern producers and such Basically the clues was pop music among black people RobertJohnson important Person in the blues because a number of record companies discovered him in the 60 s even though he wasn t really all too well known Folk Sources Work Shouts eld hollers spirituals Southern rural African Americans Free oating commonplace lyrics often borrowed from spirituals Possible African retentions Characteristics of the Blues 1 Lyrics or loose narratives 0 First or second person 0 Usually set in the present or sometimes anticipating the future 2 Themes of longing loss and desire 0 Sexual innuendo via metaphor o Heartache or general anxiety 3 Formulaic Phrases commonplaces 0 Start each line with one sentence and then change the second part of the sentence quotI got up this morning put something herequot 4 3 chordsl IV V chord progression 0 Also the basis from blues and rock n roll 5 Movable Stanzas o Commonplace stanzas and phrases with little to no concern for plot 6 Repetition o Aab repetition of lnes o Aaa rhyme scheme Mentioning quotthe bluesquot 0 The blues means sadness 0 You can have the blues about anything WC Handy Heard the blues for the rst time in the delta area and made the blues sound more like jazz Mamie Smith Northern singer of the blues at least in form but sounds more jazzy Bessie Smith rst nationally recorded blues player Pretty famous Southern Diaspora 19001970 Mostly in Chicago Famous dudes made more urban version of the blues Electri cation of the Blues 0 MuddyWaters o Howlin wolf Allman Brothers and Rolling stones and Beatles all in uenced by muddy waters and people alike Blues became an inspiration for poetry Blues Poetry
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