History of the Blues, Part I
First, a word of explanation:
"History of the Blues" was originally
produced as a quasi-documentary for an interactive portfolio. It
included about 10 minutes of sound clips, something simply impossible to
include in this web-edited version. The title is meant to be a facetious
reference to the Mel Brooks movie "History of the World, Part I." A better
name would have been "A Brief Overview of the Blues."
There's lots of information
on the blues out on the web -- the
blue highway is a great place to start, as well as the links of the
I tried to write straight
from the heart about the blues, after 30 years of listening, loving, playing,
and sometimes, living the blues.
I played guitar for
6 years before hearing any real blues. I just simply wasn't exposed to
it, and it wasn't "popular" on the radio. But once I heard the blues, and
good blues guitar playing, I was hooked. Like many others, what I responded
to was the emotional depth of the blues, something I call the "deep blue
well" of emotion. For years I thought of the blues as "simple" music, until
I heard Eric Clapton's comment that the blues has rules as strict as any
classical music. I thought that was an apt observation. Certainly, simplicity
is part of the appeal, though...
note: I've tried to balance the need for speed and quality for the web.
The pages are best viewed sequentially -- enjoy.