today, I sang the blues
- Title: today, I sang the blues 🎶 🔵. full of rage, determintion and hope. 12x36 archival print, rag cotton paper 188g. ➕➕”The blues describes a musical form, as we have seen. We don't know the origin of the term blues as used to describe a form of music, but it doubtless has some relation to our use of the term - dating at least to the 18th century - to describe a sad feeling or depressed state of mind. And some blues are about sad stuff, and many are delivered in a tone of general unhappiness or weary regret. Other blues are angry, moody, scary, frightened, and some are bouncy, joyous, exuberant, happy. Clearly, the blues is unusually rich in emotional expression. So, no, the blues is not sad music, and they do not tend to make us sad. Rather, if anything, they send sad feelings scurrying off someplace else. The blues is a primary mode of expressing identity. Although, as I have said, it seems that the various emotions evoked in jazz and blues are enacted by the performers - we do not get their true feelings, as authentic as the music might be, but rather the truth of their feelings as an actor might express it.” - Dr. Ken Hope.