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Thesis/Theses:

We believe that blues like all music has ways of being interchanged into other genres and does not have specific rules.

Research Plan:

Talking to the public about Blues and music in general.
Researching the history of Blues.
Answering our research questions.
Listening to Blues music.











Findings:
The human voice is the main part of Blues music but instruments that often are found in Blues can be the guitar, the harmonica. While all instruments can be found in Blues the guitar and the harmonica are the most common.

Blues were often sung in the fields, while Gospal was a way to express a love of god Blues is used to express feelings.
Blues has influenced certain singers
While blues originated from the southern states Rhythm and Blues originated in the eastern part of the United States such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, and may other places.
Blues music generally uses sadness in their songs because the word blues means sadness. When someone was sad they often referred their sadness to the word blues.
Many Blues were sad and slow because if the song were about something or someone they lost then the song wouldn’t be upbeat and happy.
Blues was basically invented in the Deep South during the time of slavery it was mostly made as work songs, shouts, chants, and spiritual callings.

At the time when blues became known as the Blues was during the near ending of slavery and the beginning of reconstruction/sharecropping era.


How Blues makes our group feel!


Marley: Makes her feel depressed

Sierra: Makes her feel depressed


Olivia: It gets her upset

Keanu: Blues is very depressing and sad.


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Joni Mitchell, October 25,1990
"Little Green"
Born with moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she'll answer to
Call her Green, and the winters cannot fade her
Call her Green, for the children who made her
Little Green, be a gypsy dancer
He went to California
Hearing that everything's warmer there
So you write him letter and say, your eyes are blue
He send you poem, and she's lost to you
Little Green, he's a local former
Chorus:
Just a little Green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses
To bring to school, tomorrow
Just a little Green
Like the nights when the northern lights perform
There'll be icicles
And birthday clothes
And sometimes, there'll be sorrow
Child with a child, pretending
Weary of lies you are sending home
So you sign all the papers in the family name
You're sad and your sorry, but you're not ashamed
Little Green, have a happy ending
Chorus
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Taj Mahal, 1975
"Music keeps me together"
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Bibliography:
http://www.arts.state.ms.us/crossroads/music/blues/mu1_text.html
http://www.pbs.org/theblues/songsartists/songsbioalpha.html
http://www.scaruffi.com/history/blues.html