What is Blues?

Originating from deep within the south, Blues is a mixture of different generes. This consist of work songs, field chants, or anything based around sad thought.

Blues music consists of a 12-bar scheme. These bars consist of different chords. A chord is a set of notes that apply in one distinct scale. They are the 1st 3rd and 5th notes in the scale. A scale is a set of 8 notes the cycles around the the first note but an octave higher. An octave in the key C is C D E F G A B C. That means that the chord of C would be C E and G. These chords in order for Blues.
I or IV
V or IV
I or V
So if these chords were in the key of C then it would look like this: (The key of C means that there are no sharps of flats. Sharps and flats are half steps between other notes. A half step is half the distances from one note to the next. So a C# is half the distance between C and D)
C or F
G or F
C or G
Most blues music is in the time of 4/4. This means that there are 4 beats in a measure, and the quarter note gets the beat, but they can be in several other time signatures such as 3/4. Which means that the quarter note still gets the beast but there are only 3 beats in a measure.

Old-Style Blues Music:
Lazy Day Blues:
Calvin B. Streets

5 Long Years:
B. B. King

Modern day Blues music:
I Need A Dollar:
Aloe Blacc:

I Got Mine:
The Black Keys:

So what is it?

Amendment 13:
Amendment 13 is the amendment that abolished slavery and unpaid labor. This amendment states that no one can physically force someone to work for them. It also goes against taking advantage of mentally impaired people, and immigrants. This amendment was started because Abraham Lincoln thought that the Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in the ten confederate states, would become viewed as just a measure of war, and be abolished. The only time that unpaid labor is legal is when it is a punishment for a crime.

Here is a good example:
There is a man working at a shop. He is being threatened with his life. If he didn't do the work, he would get beaten. Also, he would never in his life get paid, unless his "master" or "owner" is feeling nice. Amendment 13 completely voids all this and makes him free.

Robert Johnson and his guitar

Amendment 14:
Amendment 14 stops state or country from depriving any lawful US citizen from their sustenance. It also states that anyone born in the US is a US citizen, which contradicts the previous law that African Americans where not US citizens. This amendment is essential if the rest of the constitution is to be upheld because without it a large portion of the US would not be citizens.

E.X: The Chinese Exclusion Act took away the citizenship of several already american people. Although not African Americans, the point remains the same.
A trumpeteer with his pride and joy
A trumpeteer with his pride and joy

Amendment 15:
Amendment 15 states that every rightful US citizen has the right to vote, no matter their race, or previous condition of slavery. This amendment works with its two nearest predecessors in order to create a balanced nature of rigidness and equality. They make sure that no one gets the butt-end of the deal, and are essential to today’s America.

E.X. In past days, the KKK would appear on the front lawns of African-Americans and light a cross on fire to scare the person from voting. This is going against Amendment 15.

A bluesman and his guitar