The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19650   Message #201283
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
25-Mar-00 - 01:00 PM
Thread Name: What is Blues?
Subject: RE: What is Blues?
There's always been happy blues as well as sad blues. But maybe there's an element of "if you don't laugh, you'll cry".

You can find the emotional attitudes that characterise blues in other types of music - they are to do with being beaten down but not defeated, and you can find it everywhere it's needed. But that doesn't make the music blues. Blues is to do with a particular set of musical conventions combined with and expressing that attitude.