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“Step it up and Go” – Carolina blues

There’s so much I don’t know about music. Here’s a documentary–apparently from the 1980s by the look of it–about the Carolina blues…various styles of blues and pre-blues folk music among rural black musicians of the southeast. For the people featured here, music isn’t a profession, but it’s not right to say it’s just a hobby, either. It’s a way of life, like breathing. That’s something most of us have lost in the generations since professional recorded music became available. I once asked a music teacher–just to play devil’s advocate–why people of ordinary abilities should struggle to play instruments when professional music was so easily available. She replied, “For the humanity of it.”

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