When the blues became more popular in the early 1900's, W.C. Handy began to perform blues songs in public. Bessie Smith, of the 1920's, is counted one of the most talented blues singers, and she and other famous singers, helped the blues reach a larger audience. Jazz The history of jazz began on the late 19th century and it was influenced by black American music, African rhythms and European harmonies. One of the most important factors in jazz is improvisation, to create a song impulsively.
Ragtime also is more mechanical, favoring harmonic orthodoxy and “meticulous precision” (Monk). The meter for blues is what we refer to has the twelve bar blues. The line form for that is usually AABA. This form can be traced back to the African call-and response form, which is still evident in jazz. An example of AABA pattern would be Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues which is does an amazing job at playing.
At the time, according to Palmer, one of the workers took the lead and others would join in. Palmer also brings about the aspect of popular culture in his description of the events leading to the blues’ origin. He claims that the tunes were popular in the south, which can be translated to mean that those living in the south (the blacks) used the songs to express themselves. Another common feature between Palmer and Barlow’s explanation of the origin of the blues music is that they note a strong influence by white culture by mid or late 18th century. Like Barlow, Palmer notes the association between the blues and folk in which the latter was converted to the former over time.
The Blues Aesthetic is not simply just a music genre, it is much more. The Blues Aesthetic is a genre of music that comes particularly from African-Americans. The Blues Aesthetic was originated from the southern parts of the United States and eventually grew very popular among all types of people. The Blues Aesthetic started in the south because of the hardships African-Americans had to face at the time; the Blues Aesthetic was a pain reliever for all the pain. The Blues Aesthetic also gave African-Americans a cultural identity.
(Kahn, 2008). Stax was renowned for its output of African American music like jazz, gospel, funk, and blues. The most frequently used connotation of the term rhythm ... ... middle of paper ... ...e and in their own words. More than just the music of many generations, it was the music that influenced a generation, uplifted them in struggle, and helped ease their pain. I believe that one of the most remarkable and unique characteristics that makes the African American culture one of a kind is the music it has produced.
The Roots of Blues Music Blues is a very important type of music. Most music that you hear today has some form of blues in it. If it wasn't for the blues there wouldn't be any rock and roll, country, rap, pop, or jazz . Blues is also important for African American culture. African Americans were also the people who started the blues.
The soundtrack of slavery, the rhythms and sounds of the fields, enriched American culture and helped to form the American identity. The cross-fertilization between Africa and America that came about through the slave trade impacted many areas of American culture, but none more so than the development of new genres of music including jazz, gospel, and above all else, the blues. The blues, which arose deep in the region known as the Mississippi Delta, has helped shape the American identity by providing a distinct sound incorporated into many genres of music and by providing a voice for those that previously had none. Music helps define culture, and America is no exception. Used to express the thoughts and feelings of the masses, and, sometimes, to influence them, music leaves a lasting impact on all it touches.
Beginning with the African slaves, this paper covers the musically genres created over time containing West African elements, as well as covering the ways in which the Puerto Rican society influenced the music as well as how the music effected the society. This paper will also include the ways in which African descendants in Puerto Rico [musicians] would rise to fame despite existing in an era of open racism. Ultimately, explaining how the music and the people go hand in hand. In analyzing the influence of Africa in Puerto Rico, it would be irresponsible to refuse to acknowledge the initial introduction of African slaves to the island of Puerto Rico that by which serves as the main vessel of contact and cultural integration. By the turn of the 18th century, inhabitants of the island where being substituted for African slaves due to the high death rates resulting from “ war, disease, slavery, emigration,” etc.
In the physically separated south, black and white melodic backgrounds show the same deviations and junctions which have historically characterized black and white relations. This is not an emotional analysis; but instead it is a socially ancient examination of regional popular culture which focuses upon the collaboration between two important features of that culture; race and music. The growth of the American folk music as a popular commodity is a process which matches the historical and cultural expansion of American society. In the formation of this commodity, two major streams, British and African, ran together over a two century period. Alan Lomax, one of folk music's foremost iconic historians, has observed that the junction of these varied elements has resulted in a cultural product which is "more British than whatever one can discover in Britain”.
Blues is such an interesting genre of music because of it’s range of possibilities that the artist have. In the beginnings of blues in New Orleans, there were multiple variations of beats played in the songs, but eventually the standard blues songs would fit into a 12 beat frame. I specifically use the word ‘fit’ because there is so much emotion and heart that is played out in the blues. In the earlier half of blues popularity, the songs seemed to be a yell for help from these black men with sorrowful tones and soft but slow rhythms. This would make sense because of the time they have lived in unequal segregation with little to no means to live.