12th British Lit
18 September 2015
The Evolution of Soul
A wise philosopher Plato once said music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Music and its influence it is no doubt that music has played a vital role in our society. Music provokes emotions like happiness, grief, sadness, and joy for people. The advancement of the heart and soul of jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues (R&B) has made a huge impact since the 1890’s but was really popular in the 1920’s known as the Roaring twenties.
In the 1890s ragtime music is what commonly known as jazz today was evolved by African Americans. Ragtime is the syncopated ...view middle of the document...
The genre is a combination of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues era has many styles like the Country, Piedmont, Delta, Urban Chicago, West Coast, and Electric Blues. William Christopher Handy the “Father of blues” is a musician and composer, however he was not the first to publish music in the blues form, but he took the blues from a regional music style with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music. The blues experienced its "coming out" party in 1920 with what is widely considered to be the first true blues song recorded, Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues." The Delta or the country blues were traditional blues songs that were handed down by from one performer to another, and many times an artist would add new lyrics to an old song and make it their own. The guitar and the harmonica were the primary tool of the Delta bluesman, mostly due to the ease of carrying them around, and many of the musicians of the Early Blues era were sharecroppers, or worked on one of the many plantations that were located across the Mississippi Delta. Charley Patton singer and musician had a legendary explosive style that became popular in the 20’s and 30’s that set a pathway to well-known artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Jimi Hendrix. Country blues, which is also known as "folk blues," is a primarily an acoustic guitar-oriented type of blues from which many other styles are derived. When African-American musical tastes began to change in the early-1960s, moving towards soul and rhythm & blues music, country blues found renewed popularity as the "folk blues" and was sold to a primarily white, college-age audience. Traditional artists like Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson reinvented themselves as folk blues artists. Piedmont blues was a form stylized...