"MY GRANDAUGHTER'S SING THE BLUES"
A tribute to the Blues Pioneer's
Hazlehurst,Miss., May 8, 1911-Auu. 16,1938
Oxford Miss. Nov 23,1926 - Sept. 1, 2005
Riverton,Miss. Mar. 21,1902-Oct. 19, 1988
Rolling Fork, Miss. Apr.21,1902-Apr.30,1983
Crawford, Miss. Oct. 16, 1903-Dec. 17,1982
The Black Slaves protested slavery since 1619 in Jamestown, Va, where the first slave ship landed in Colonial America. Many of the African Slaves were Muslim, with strong spiritual values, as were Christians who shared the same values,along with Africans of traditional African spiritual values.
They expressed their grief through their spirituality, calling on their G-d to set them free, to give them a deliever.This has always been a part of traditional African Culture: to spiritually seek G-d's protection.
These Spiritual Songs in American's slave history, were born out of the soul; crying out, when the soul was unable to bear the pain of captivity.
The Blues came out of continuous deprivation,hardship and the lost of hope. Being put down, put out, losing their concept of G-d and their connection with family, they started to "Sing the Blues". Stories of loss love, broken manhood, pain and much misery. Lyrics began to manifest from deep spiritual conscienceness.
Whereas spirituals were connected more to the plantation,Gospel was connected to the Church;Religious lyrics sang to the rysthem of "THE BLUES".
Spirituals- The Blues- Gospel....Are all connected and a part of the same need, SALVATION.
"If you like the blues, you'll love Clarksdale"
The blues began in the North Mississippi Delta after the Civli War, merging African music, field hollers, spirituals,ballads and rhythmic dance tunes. This created a form of music in which the singer would sing a line and his guitar would answer back.
Nothing was recorded, no sheet music created. It was just passed from mouth to ear, from one generation to the next. In the heart of this area is the city of Clarksdale.
"W C Handy, The Father of the Blues". is credited with popularizing blue music in Memphis in the early 1900s
Where did the Blues originate? Six years before Handy arrived in Memphis, he directed a band called the Kinghts of Pythias in Clarksdale.The home of many legends of the Blues.
Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters; to name a few.
"Clarksdale, Miss.- the Original Home of the Blues" Pub. Debbie Henthorn
CLARKSDALE was a city in the middle of COTTON FIELDS, in the middle of PLANTATION DUST.
Today gambling casinos have taken the place of the cotton field industry.
Memories of the South from the North
By John Nashid
Memories of strolling through the woods on a hot summer day
Down the dirt road where us kids use to play
Through the fields of corn, where my mama was born
Pass the old mill where the grain bags were filled and the hound dogs lay still
Near the big oak where "The Nigger Was Hung"
Where the crosses once burned, by cowardly men
Where the little church sits from the days of old
Where the music was "Bold...Funky and Soul"
The friday night fish fry, a community bond
Corn bread, sweet potatoes and hoppin-jonhs
The scent of honey suckles lifted our frowns
From the effects of slavery still lingering around
The weeping willows, unlike you and me were unable to flee
Casting dark shadows from the horror it did see
In the "White Folks" homes we did clean, cook and mop
With their left-over biscuits, our gravy we did sop,
after picking their cotton, tobacco and seasonal crop
While the land of " the Negro" was a continuous flop
The saturday night juke joint, far out of the way
Gave us the oppurtunity to relax, release and play
The strong corn drink in pint "mason jars"
The saxophone sound,moving bodies around
The sensual dancer in her form fitting dress
Revealing her body, especially her breast
Sweating profusely till the band was at rest
Sweating profusely till she had to say-YES!
The church bells ring on Sunday morn
To awaken "Black Sinners" with fiery scorn!
That "Jesus was born to die for your sins
That, "that white jesus" is god...the lord of all men
And the cycle of slavery starts all over again
But with Truth and Reality
The cycle of slavery, WILL COME TO AN END.