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  • 1. The Blues
  • 2. The Blues form genre
  • 3. The Blues
  • 4. The Blues America’s Greatest Creations
  • 5. The Blues America’s Greatest Creations #1 #2 #3 #4
  • 6. The Blues
  • 7. The Blues “It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive characteristics.” - James Weldon Johnson
  • 8. What makes music good? me = you = other people > american idol judges
  • 9. What makes music good? Evokes Emotion Compositionally Interesting
  • 10. “Strange Fruit” Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
  • 11. “Strange Fruit”
  • 12. “Strange Fruit” Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, Then the sudden smell of burning esh!
  • 13. “Strange Fruit”
  • 14. “Strange Fruit” Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop, Here is a strange and bitter crop.
  • 15. “Strange Fruit”
  • 16. “Strange Fruit”
  • 17. “Strange Fruit”
  • 18. “Strange Fruit” “almost single-handedly changed the politics of American black culture and put the elements of protest and resistance back at the center of contemporary black musical culture” - Alice Walker
  • 19. “Strange Fruit”
  • 20. “Strange Fruit” “the rst signi cant protest in words and music, the rst unmuted cry against racism” - Leonard Feather (not pictured)