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How is it... (subtitle: why is it...?)
01-15-2017, 03:46 PM (This post was last modified: 01-15-2017 03:48 PM by eye2i2hear.)
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How is it... (subtitle: why is it...?)
Skeptical

How is it...

That the music genre, blues, is called that?

When generally, the color more representative of what the genre generally, emotionally, covers/conveys is more grey? And where the color blue, circa blue skies --sunny days = not a cloud in the sky = no dark clouds = grey skies/storms-- is typically the opposite of the experience of hard times/depression/stormy weather (topical depressions?)?

Per some dude named Ed @allaboutjazz.com writes:
Quote:When you think of the blues, you think about misfortune, betrayal and regret. You lose your job, you get the blues. Your mate falls out of love with you, you get the blues. Your dog dies, you get the blues.

Another dude @some site going by examinedlife.com writes:
Quote:Are you sad, depressed, or anxious maybe? Looking for a great way to end your crappy day? You will be glad to know that you can chase all the blues away...

Devil Prod Why blue(s)?

Per somedudes at WikiP:
Quote:The term blues may have come from "blue devils", meaning melancholy and sadness; an early use of the term in this sense is in George Colman's one-act farce Blue Devils (1798).

The phrase blue devils may also have been derived from Britain in the 1600s, when the term referred to the "intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal". As time went on, the phrase lost the reference to devils, and "it came to mean a state of agitation or depression."

By the 1800s in the United States, the term blues was associated with drinking alcohol, a meaning which survives in the phrase blue law, which prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sunday.

Though the use of the phrase in African-American music may be older, it has been attested to in print since 1912, when Hart Wand's "Dallas Blues" became the first copyrighted blues composition.

In lyrics the phrase is often used to describe a depressed mood. Some sources state that the term blues is related to "blue notes", the flatted, often microtonal notes used in blues, but the Oxford English Dictionary claims that the term blues came first and led to the naming of "blue notes".

Blues is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs and European-American folk music. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the troubles experienced in African-American society.

Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative. African-American singers voiced his or her "personal woes in a world of harsh reality: a lost love, the cruelty of police officers, oppression at the hands of white folk, hard times." This melancholy has led to the suggestion of an Igbo (people, who are indigenous to the southeastern part of Nigeria) origin for blues because of the reputation the Igbo had throughout plantations in the Americas for their melancholic music and outlook on life when they were enslaved. The lyrics often relate troubles experienced within African American society. Although the blues gained an association with misery and oppression, the lyrics could also be humorous and raunchy.

The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or "worried notes"), usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also an essential part of the sound.

Then sum @wordorigins.org write:
Quote:The adjective blue has been associated with despondency and sadness since the 16th century. The noun the blues has been with us since 1741, when English actor David Garrick penned the following in a letter:
Quote:I am far from being quite well, tho not troubled wth ye Blews as I have been.

The blues is a shortening of blue devils, demons popularly thought to cause depression and sadness. Blue devils have been around since at least 1616, from Times’ Whistle, a collection of satirical poems from that year:
Quote:Alston, whose life hath been accounted evill, And therfore cal’de by many the blew devill.

The glossary to that work has an entry for:
Quote:Devil, blew devill, 107/3443. “Blue devils,” the “horrors,” or the remorse which frequently follows an ill course of life.

The name of the musical style has been around since 1912, taking its name from the mournful and haunting nature of the lyrics.
(Source: Oxford English Dictionary

So to be fair [sic] weathered, Ed also writes:
Quote:While blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun. The best blues is visceral, cathartic, and starkly emotional. From unbridled joy to deep sadness, no form of music communicates more genuine emotion.

sidebar "why is it!?"... [Image: compdevilsurfing.gif]
Quote:devil. From Middle English devil, devel, deovel, from Old English dēofol, dēoful, from earlier dīobul ‎(“devil”), ultimately from Ancient Greek διάβολος ‎(diábolos, “accuser, slanderer”), also as "Satan" (in Jewish/Christian usage, translating Biblical Hebrew שטן, satán), from διαβάλλω ‎(diabállō, “to slander”), literally “to throw across”, from διά ‎(diá, “through, across”) + βάλλω ‎(bállō, “throw”). The Old English word was probably adopted under influence of Latin diabolus (itself from the Greek). Other Germanic languages adopted the word independently: compare Saterland Frisian Düüwel ‎(“devil”), West Frisian duvel ‎(“devil”), Dutch duivel, duvel ‎(“devil”), Low German Düvel ‎(“devil”), German Teufel ‎(“devil”), Danish djævel ‎(“devil”), Swedish djävul ‎(“devil”) (older: djefvul, Old Swedish diævul, Old Norse djǫfull).
&2 circle (spin?) back to said "blue laws"
Quote:The English word spirit, from Latin spiritus "breath", has many different meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. It can also refer to a "subtle" as opposed to "gross" material substance, as in the famous last paragraph of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica.

The notions of a person's spirit and soul often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are believed to survive bodily death in some religions, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

As a term for alcoholic beverages—often in the plural, as in "ardent spirits". The term "spirit" in reference to alcohol stems from Middle Eastern alchemy. These alchemists were more concerned with medical elixirs than with transmuting lead into gold. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process (as with distillation of alcohol) was called a spirit of the original material. Spirits "volatile substance;" sense narrowed to "strong alcoholic liquor" by 1670s

The term may also refer to any incorporeal or immaterial being, such as demons.

*see classic Anglo's superstitious rompings...? (♪do you see what i see..♪.? --should be here, a blues song!)
"intoxicated" by alcohol = '''under the influence" of "spirits" = "demons" & "devils"... ✔ Facepalm







=== note: please feel free to use the thread for any other "How is it/why is it)?" topics you might have --either to explore or bring up for hopeful exploration (as a repository) ===

Is it voluntary? (because if it isn't, what inherently is it?)
And can it be voluntary, if there's indoctrination, intimidation, coercion, threats & initiation of violence?
[not to be confused with asking: can it be said to be "voluntary" even when such is present.?]
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