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The Blues
The blues are songs that were introduced in the 19th century and mostly played by African Americans. The genres of these songs were originated from the northern America and attributed to African Americans. However, the origin of the blues is from Europe as English was used in the song’s lyrics and the fact that instruments came from Europe (Susan). This paper dwells on the comparison of two pairs of blues and the summary of Thinking Blues by Susan McClary. Comparison between St Louis song and Black snake moan
In St Louis song, Bessie uses a high Pitch trumpet solo during the intro emphasizes her sadness and hatred when the man she loves goes to see another lady. The piano introduces with a moderate tempo; the trumpet picks up with a high speed then the voice joins. In contrast, Blind Lemon introduces the song with a guitar playing chords. There is a difference in their vocals as Bessie uses a moderate voice with languid vocal lines as an expression of sadness. Blind lemon on the other hand uses a deep with twang a twang voice to express his pain that will live with him forever. The tempo in Bessie’s song is slow, dragging tempo with a uniform rhythm singing with a falling sadness of her lover having another woman. Conversely, Blind Lemon uses a moderate tempo setting off the vocals clearly. The speech like rhythm in the delivery of Bessie Smith’s message is for accurate delivery of message by Bessie. In Blind Lemon’s song, the self-accompaniment of the guitar is highly distinctive. It forms the prelude and also brings out a call/response pattern in the piece. The tempo is moderate setting off the vocals clearly. Both of the vocals are conspicuous than the instruments making the message more relevant and clear. In St Louis, The trumpet plays the instrumental solo mostly in the second stanza. The lyrics…...

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