"Blues" Essays and Research Papers

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  • The Effects of Blues Music on Civil Rights

    Blues Music | Influences on Civil Rights in the United States | Addy Phillips | Eddie James “Son” House‚ Jr.‚ an American blues singer and guitarist once stated‚ "People keep asking me where the blues started and all I can say is that when I was a boy we always was singing in the fields. Not real singing‚ you know‚ just hollerin’‚ but we made up our songs about things that was happening to us at the time‚ and I think that’s where the blues started (Cohn‚ 1993).” House‚ living through

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  • Bessie Smith and St. Louie Blues

    St. Louis Blues Bessie Smith and St. Louis Blues are two legends in the blues world‚ separately as well as together. When placed together one could not find a better example of classical blues from the 1920’s. St. Louis Blues is one of the most popular blues songs ever written. William Christopher Hardy wrote this song over 80 years ago. While on a trip to St. Louis‚ Hardy met a tormented black woman. She spoke to him in her deep southern broken English about the loss of her husband to another

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  • The Great Gatsby: Analyzing the Color Blue

    Gastsby "had come a long way to this blue lawn..." Seeing as how Gatsby is connected to this "blue lawn". You can connect the blue lawn back to Gatsby and his house which can connect to the parties in his home. (pg. 39 - a majority‚ if not‚ all of chapter 3) the parties in Gatsby’s house were not real in the sense that it wasn’t just a normal party. People go to Gatsby’s house to escape from their realities and just be "out of this world" for just a little while. blue in association with Gatsby signifies

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  • Jump Blues Analysis Louis Jordan

    one of the most popular music genres at the time was the Jump Blues. The Jump Blues genre had made a rise to popularity back in the late 1930’s through the 1940’s. This genre alone seems to have a very fast tempo and it even has some jazz elements to it. The instruments that are usually involved in Jump Blues are brass instruments‚ electric guitars‚ saxophone‚ piano‚ and the drums. One of the most prominent artist within the Jump Blues genre is a man named Louis Jordan. Louis Jordan‚ in my opinion

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  • Sonny's Blues Vs Bebop Analysis

    Baldwin never exactly mentions the time‚ it is believed by most columnists that Sonny’s Blues takes place somewhere in the 1950’s‚ or in the Post-WWII era. The setting in which the story takes place is in Harlem. This period was a significant era for Harlem. Harlem happen to be a place separate from civilization where people were free to do as they pleased which permitted for creative art in the forms of writing‚ poetry‚ paintings‚ and music to display; yet‚ it also gave life to drug use‚ sexual

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  • Summary Of Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

    “Sonny’s Blues‚” a short story written by James Baldwin‚ highlights both the peace and the trials of life in Harlem during the 1950s. Sonny‚ the narrator’s brother‚ is a young musician who struggles with a heroin addiction‚ turning the narrator’s life upside down. Sonny has a “love” for both music and heroin‚ both of which help him mentally escape the harsh society he faces in the poverty-stricken and dangerous Harlem. Sonny’s passion for the freedom that both heroin and music causes him to feel

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  • St. Louis Blues

    185‚ Summer 2009 For my listening assignment‚ I chose the piece‚ “St. Louis Blues” by Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong‚ recorded in the late 1920s. At this time‚ the country was in the transition from country blues (a single artist accompanied by a single guitar) to city blues (a single artist accompanied by either a piano and/or several instruments). In city blues‚ the form was based on a very rigid 12-bar blues structure‚ which used mainly the I‚ IV‚ and V7 chords in similar progressions each

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  • Blue Cross

    December 2007 Excellus Creates EA and SOA Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Creates Enterprise Architecture and SOA Solution to Consolidate Disparate IT Systems Executive Overview When several Blue Cross Blue Shield programs in upstate New York merged‚ each organization brought its own business processes and IT systems to the new entity. Because they were so different‚ yet had to be consolidated‚ the new entity‚ Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield‚ wanted to first implement a strong business analysis

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  • True Meaning of Rhythm and Blues

    The True Meaning of Rhythm and Blues I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs‚ my kidneys‚ my liver‚ my heart‚ [sic} Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like [sic] or water. - Ray Charles Rhythm and blues has become an original heartbeat of America. People love the sound. The term "rhythm and blues" emerged as the most acceptable designation for the music that

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  • Literary Analysis of James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues

    done just to entertain readers. Some authors create stories with a singular point of view‚ while others introduce more complex plots and storylines. When it comes to author James Baldwin’s short story Sonny’s Blues‚ there is much depth given to the storyline and the characters. Sonny’s Blues has been analyzed by many different people throughout time because the story has many elements. From Baldwin’s skillful use of metaphors and similes to his incorporation of religious references‚ this story is

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