Blues or Rock Which is it?
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
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