The Era of in the Black Community
Blues is the expression of sad emotions. It is conveyed through the artist. Blues is a form of music that began in the early 1920s in the deep South along the Mississippi River. Its formation was during the time of the Jim Crow Laws. It stemmed from Negro Spirituals which were sung by slaves in the form of call-and-response, patting jumba etc. Blues is a of secular music that consist of various elements of ragtime music – multi-rhythmic genre. Blues is a genre that is seen to be diverse and dynamic. There are no set patterns or instruments or rules for the genre. Yet, all Blues music were made having a single chord, deep bass line and expressing sadness through a story. Just a few of the types of instruments used in blues were the guitar, harmonica, piano, bass guitar, acoustic drum set, electric guitar and upright bass.
In the 1920s, Blues was not recognized by the Caucasian population and was deemed as a lower form of art. It was seen as an escape from any hardships that many individuals within the black community endured. The Blues was accessible music to anyone no matter their status. It was associated to be a genre that allowed individuals to feel good. The black community was able to use the Blues as a way to create their own culture of music which later became the driving force in music decades later. The Blues has played a major roll for individuals during the civil rights movement and segregation.