Blues or Rock Which is it?

bonnie kalmbach bjkalmba@FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Fri Jul 18 10:12:49 EDT 1997

They probably mean that they prefer a free-form format.
Blues is like classical music in that there is a format,
albeit a rather flexible one, *within* which the artists
can be creative and use their own individual ideas.


At 06:39 AM 7/18/97 PDT, you wrote:
>>>I know a coupla musicians like that -- they say "blues is too boring.
>>>It needs some dressing up." I never understood that. Why play in a
>>>band if you don't like blues?
>>A lot of blues bands ARE boring.  They play the same song over and
>>and just change the lyrics.  There's no harm in dressing it up a little
>>if it makes it more interesting for all involved.  However, if his
>>bother you, or vice versa, you're probably better off parting while
>Yes, a lot of blues bands ARE boring, but that was not my point.
>The musicians I spoke of are very knowledgeable about music but for some
>reason they are not attracted to blues.
>>There is incredible variety in blues.  We have a zillion types of Texas
>>blues, Loooo-zee-ana blues, Delta Blues (many types), Chicago Blues,
>>Piedmont, and a HUGE list to choose from.  We have the blues/jazz
>>crossovers like Hank Crawford, early Coltrane, Count Basie, Joe
>>Wynonie Harris (who is also arguably roots rock) Cannonball Adderley,
>>Morgan, and lots of others.  One could feasibly play hundreds of
>>DIFFERENT blues STYLES.  Big Jay McNeely is considered blues, but he
>>plays a lot of rock and jazz.
>That was my point exactly.  It's not as if they don't know about the
>wide variety of blues.    Maybe the feeling isn't enough for them, I
>don't know.
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