By Abrol Fairweather, Jesse R. Steinberg
The philosophy of the blues
From B.B. King to Billie vacation, Blues track not just sounds stable, yet has a virtually common attraction in its mirrored image of the rigors and tribulations of lifestyle. Its skill to powerfully contact on various social and emotional concerns is philosophically inspiring, and right here, a various variety of thinkers and musicians provide illuminating essays that make very important connections among the human and the Blues that would entice tune fans and philosophers alike.
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King’s Beale Street Blues Club in Memphis or Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and, for example, the national corporate chain known as the House of Blues. Me: Specifically? Myself: Well, for starters, look at the locations. It makes sense for Buddy Guy to have his own club in Chicago, and for B. B. King to erect a shrine to the blues on Beale Street in Memphis. But what’s up with the House of Blues on Disneyland Avenue in Anaheim (smells like a theme park to me) and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City (smells even worse: like a casino)?
He languished in the space around the notes. The soulfulness of his soloing handily beat the younger guys’ dexterous virtuosity. indd 17 17 9/23/2011 2:02:58 AM The evening’s highlight came when B. B. demonstrated how he improvises. First, having his band vamp on a twelve-bar blues (a standard harmonic pattern for the blues – more on this later), B. B. showed he could play the ‘right’ notes and proceeded to solo for twelve bars. The notes he played were restricted to the appropriate scale and harmonies of the twelvebar progression in which the band was vamping – everything was in the right key, nothing out of place, very straightforward.
Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. indd 3 9/23/2011 2:03:02 AM Me: Shows how much they knew! Check it out – we’re now ten years into the twenty-first century and it’s quite apparent that the blues has survived, thrived, and arrived. And I mean ARRIVED! Myself: Wait a minute. Just what do you mean, ‘arrived’? Me: Well, just look around. Blues is big global biz – maybe not quite as big as hip-hop, or the NBA, but no less global, and pretty damn big. The blues is everywhere now! ’ The Blues Foundation, like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, hosts an annual Blues Music Awards ceremony and banquet (formerly the W.