Originally Posted by keep poppin pimples
what a load of crap, lyrics were always important, this evidenced by the fact that people wrote them. do you think the lyrics in operas were not important? how would anyone get the story then...
technical ability....jesus, people spent centuries or millenia sucking ass technically. the modern instruments are much easier to be consistent in.
the only form of music where the scale mimics the human voice, aside from every form of music.
honestly if you think music was invented in the united states and didn't exist before the invention of recording technology this makes sense.
the good thing about blues is that it's good, good enough that it doesn't need made up and ridiculous statements to justify it
They WERE important, yes. BUT>..they were designed to reach a mass audience. Original blues wasn't designed to reach anyone but yr next door neighbors. Of course, approaching the mid 1930's it had become "pop-music" (for blacks and the weirdo whites that considered it to be "avant garde", which in some way it was).
Let's not forget, the Stones visited Chicago only to discover their "hero" Muddy Waters painting the inside of a recording studio in order to make ends meet. Those folks were not playing because financial security was a guarantee. A "hope" at best.
Opera REQUIRED talent, blues required honesty. There is a difference. Holy shit, some of them early blues singers didn't have the most beautiful voices....but the lyrics, matched w/ at least minimal skill on whatever given instrument, went a long way. Blues has been, time and time again, ripped off...honestly, how many people you know listen to opera AND CONSIDER IT TO BE AN INSPIRATION? On the other hand, how many people you know listen to some variation of rock n roll (a DIRECT descendant of the blues)...?????