Music is one of the most amazing gifts from the heavens. There is no doubt that all of us will want to listen to some music at some point in time. May it be when we’re at the peak of happiness or when we find ourselves in the lowest of lows; music will help. According to some research, music helps people relax; it also eases pain, elevates mood, and reduces stress and anxiety especially in children. Mind you, these are only a few of the wonderful benefits of music. That being said, there are many different types of music genres that are well-fitted to each different purposes. Soulful music may be suited for those who are brokenhearted while EDM music might fit those who want to blend in the laser lights at the club. Among the different genres, one of the most popular is Blues.
At the end of the 19th century, Blue emerged as a trending genre of music. This genre originated from African Americans who came from the Lower Southern part of the United States. As we trace back the roots of Blues, it will take us to Africa.
Blues music is heavily influenced by African folk music, spiritual songs, as well as African-American work songs. Generally, blues music is a combination and incorporation of chants, work songs, spirituals, and ballads. This music genre is greatly characterized by its very own blues scale, unique chord progressions, and a musical pattern of call-and-response. Moreover, it is also characterized by its bass lines, instrumentation, and lyrics.
Primarily, its verses consisted of one line that would be repeated about four times; however, this evolved in the beginning of the 20th century. Still, at this point of time, Blues songs, through its lyrics, heavily relayed messages about the the troubles experienced by the African-American people.
There a couple of different eras for Blues. There are blues songs dating back from when the second world war had not yet started (called Pre War blues); city or urban blues also emerged during the 1920s. After the world war II, electric blues took the stage. Around 1970s, blues reached many other countries alongside what was popular back then, rock and roll and soul music. Today, Blues music continue to pleasure people’s ours all over the world.
Some of the musical instruments popularly used by Blues music are different types of guitars, including bass, acoustic, and electric, drums, harmonica, piano, and organ. This genre also strives to answer the question on what amp is good for Blues; yes, Blues also make use of amplifiers for the bass and the guitar.
Some of the popular Blues songs over the years are the following:
- Baby Please Don’t Go by Big Joe Williams
- Kansas City by Little Willie Littlefield
- Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out by Bessie Smith
- Rock Me Baby Lil’ Son Jackson
- Sweet Home Chicago by Robert Johnson
- Dust My Broom by Elmore James
- Red House by Jimi Hendrix
- Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
- Let the Good Times Roll by Louis Jordan
- Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac
- Blues After Hours by Pee Wee Crayton