Blues is the mother of many music forms. Rock, yes!, Rock music too.
The founders of Rock they knew this. They, used to visit Muddy Waters modest home or better term is shack maybe, with limousines to learn more and understand more on music and people. It was their Mecca. Especially Rolling Stones were frequent visitors.
Many years Rock music played and danced by blacks nobody paid attention. But when sexy Elvis played the Rock with provoking hip movements and style he borrowed from blacks everything has changed. It was history we all remember.
Blues seems and sounds like a sad music; definitely not. It is the blacks dynamic, genius mind that created it to make fun with their problems
Blues is better for stress than a sophisticated Psychoanalysts robbing your wallet and telling the things you already know.
When you face prejudice, racism, jobless and moneyless life with a heartless lover, which there are plenty cases in USA, Blues is your medicine. If you can afford few bottles of beer that is much better.
The slaves who are brought to the USA under deploring crowded ships, with little food or care. Most of them died in these ships. Calculations of how many of them going to die or survive are like Nazi concentration camp director’s calculations. It was genocide for Africa that nobody mentions. I hope the self-righteous civilized!!!!! West hopefully will face the atrocities they committed one day, apologize from Africa and help to improve the conditions, rather than, they are acting that they have a right to lecture or criticize the world. Or even better to stop invading some other countries to bring democracy, or create wars based on lies, manipulations of press and public. Unfortunately the sad story still continues.
Against all odds blacks survived they are running for presidency now. Hopefully Obama is not black outside, white elite inside.
They, the Southern slaves kept their old culture and rhymes, and melodies or even some Islamic roots of music of Africa and belief under all oppressive conditions.
Blacks survived because they believed the basic dignity and human sprit what it can create even the best music under drastic conditions. The Christian Gospel music and Spirituals they created and they sing it the best way.
I am not very religious and I don’t believe miracles, but there is one miracle I believe when I listen Jazz or Blues or other music forms originated from these, the uneducated unschooled black people and black musicians of America's south who are originally slaves, without formal training created these beautiful songs as if songs of freedom, and salvation is a real miracle of human mind, sprit and survival.
Yes the music of uneducated Thelonious Monk is par with Stravinsky in composition or even better.
There are lots of lessons to be learned when searhing the history of music especially Blues and Jazz. We should appreciate and thank them when we listen Rock, R&B, and Jazz.
A. Kamil PINARCI
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