THE BLUES, WHY IT STILL HURTS SO GOOD - MARIE TROUT, PhD
The mind of Marie Trout becomes the prefect storm to harness an understanding of the Blues in modern times. Marie received her PhD in 2015, adding her diploma to decades long life credits in the Blues. She met and married Bluesman Walter Trout in 1990, becoming a manager and gaining a cat bird seat for the world of Blues music. Marie Trout puts both sides of her life and work into her pen for The Blues, Why It Still Hurts So Good. Though the book comes from the psychological side of The Blues, the words come from a musical heart rather than an academic brain. The studies found within The Blues, Why It Still Hurts So Good serves up information over four courses; Blues Fans in the Twenty-first century, Blues Boomers: Wired for the Blues, The Transformative Power of The Blues, and Blues Healing, Now and in the Future.
Starting in the beginning, Marie Trout opens her discussion with the term Blues, suggesting possible origins from the British Isles where Blues described a state of suffering from feelings of shame or sadness, and noting how West African cultures translated Blues as a ‘mystic coolness’, associating the word with the colors of the sea and sky. Marie Trout connects what we hear to our emotions, nodding to the music as a path to catharsis, healing and tension release. The Blues, Why It Still Hurts So Good walks through history as it uses the Blues rebirth in late 1950’s/early 1960’s Folk boon as a jumping off point. Marie Trout gives a background story on the Blues as told through its influence on the 1960 British Invasion bands as she looks at communities with chapters on White Fascination with the Black Culture and Post WWII Reality for African Americans.
Marie Trout creates The Blues, Why It Still Hurts So Good as a journey through the genre, wrapping up her tale with an eye towards tomorrow with What Will Be the Future Relevance of the Blues, summarizing her words with What is the Relevance of the Blues to its Current Audience.
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