a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
blues, blue devils, megrims, vapors, vapours(noun)
a state of depression
"he had a bad case of the blues"
A feeling of sadness or depression.
One's particular life experience, particularly including the hardships one has faced.
A musical form, African-American in origin, generally featuring an eight-bar or twelve-bar structure and using the blues scale.
A musical composition following blues forms.
My next number is a blues in G.
A uniform made principally of a blue fabric.
The marched in their dress blues.
Any of a number of sports teams which wear blue kit.
Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound. The blues genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as specific lyrics, bass lines, and instruments. Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century. Best known are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump, and Chicago blues styles. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues-rock evolved.
The numerical value of blues in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of blues in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
They are not quite as important, as iconic, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is certainly a major, major song but not in the same league as 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.
The blues is so expressive - nostalgic but not sentimental, mournful but not pathetic, so humble and close to the earth. It's a nuance-filled thing.
The mainstream seems to be referencing '60s, '70s and '80s rock, rather than '30s, '40s, '50s blues and jazz and that sort of thing, our generation, the '60s 'jammers' let's say, our influences were people like Coltrane, and blues artists like Bobbie Bland, or Wilson Pickett or more of a roots-y thing. I think that young musicians today are more influenced by rock music. It's sort of narrowed down a little bit. That's not to say that it's not extremely expressive and diverse, but I don't sense a lot of roots involvement.
We sent over 200 people through to Hollywood, and we narrowed it down, and then even further down to get to our top 48, and those 48 guys and girls we took into the House of Blues in Los Angeles to put them into a live club setting, where the band was set up, and they got up onstage and did a song each in front of the audience in that club.
It was all good stuff. In other words if you're growing up at 4 years old and you can sing Billie Holiday songs, you realize that 'ya, brought up on the blues without even knowing it,'.
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- بلوز, البلوزArabic
- μπλουζ, ακεφιάGreek
- malinconia, paturnie, bluesItalian
- agnus DeiLatin
- blues, tristezaPortuguese
- บลูส์, เพลงบลูสThai
- blues, hüzünTurkish
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