Blues Is a Commonly Understood Term Paper

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This is possibly one of the central characteristics of the Blues - its potential for innovation and imaginative development - while still retaining the essential emotions of its origins.

Blues remains with us in contemporary American culture, and as a traditional musical form it has been subjected to countless revivals and reinterpretations. Its current practitioners often integrate the sounds and instrumental pyrotechnics of rock music and the sheen of urban soul; but the twelve-bar form, variations on the blues chord progression, and emotive lyrical content remain relatively unchanged. (What is the Blues?)

The Blues also relates to our contemporary culture in that its emotive and creative origins in suffering have been used to express, not only the experiences of the past but also the experiences of people in the contemporary world. Many modern Blues compositions relate specifically to social problems that are part of the modern world and therefore still fulfill a social as well as a musical function.


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