Blues People- Music in American Cultures 600 words

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listen to the music, and to reflect on some of the cultural considerations associated with the music-making process

Two parts * 300 words

1.

Please listen to the following two Robert Johnson recordings, and for each one, provide a song analysis that describes the vocal style, guitar sound and technique, and lyrical approach, and overall dynamics. What are the songs seemingly about, and describe how he uses language, including the use of colorful imagery and double-entendre (lyric with two meanings). (300 words total)



Terraplane Blues (1936)

Crossroad Blues (1936)

2.

Please listen to the following Muddy Waters recording from 1955, and provide a song analysis that describes the vocal style, guitar sound and technique, band dynamics and lyrical approach. What is the song seemingly about. Comparing this to Robert Johnson’s lyrics above, what feels similar and what is different in terms of language use. According to the singer (Muddy), what does it mean to be a man. How might his use of “man” be a social statement in 1955. (300 words)

Mannish Boy (1955)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0hfiUa0NHA (Links to an external site.)