I said it was confessional poetry: my professor classified THIS as "blues":
Is this woman out of her damn mind! This? This is what she counts as "blues".
No. Just...no, this is clear and obvious R&B. This ain't "blues". This isn't even good! ("Your pain is painful"? Seriously, from one writer to another, who wrote this?)Marvin Gaye, this ain't. [link]
I explained in notes to my professor that this was a confessional---literally, because it's a confession of feelings to the speaker's absentee father*---and not "blues" which was the multiple choice "answer". I explained the concept of a "blues scale", that all blues riffs follow a specific sonic aesthetic. THIS is blues poetry (I'm only doing this version because it's more coherent, not because it's better):
I gave her some links but this basically explains what the blues scale is (feel free to read or not read this technical shit):
"Blues music has a solid but plaintive sound which results from the use of a minor-based scale over the top of major-based chords (usually dominant sevenths). When we look at relating chords and scales a little later, you will see how unusual this is.
In particular, the Blues scale is a very common choice for melodies and improvisations in blues music.
The Blues scale has only six notes - unlike all the other scales we have seen so far with seven. It is also unusual in that some of its notes are considered blue notes, meaning that they are not played exactly at the pitch you would expect.
In the C Blues scale, for example, the note Eb is often played slightly sharp, somewhere between Eb and E. The notes G and Bb are also sometimes played slightly off their expected pitch.
For this reason the voice and the guitar, which can both bend the pitch of their notes, are heavily used in blues music."
The stupid point aside, I couldn't stand having something as hallowed and rooted in American musical history as blues be lumped with Pink's R&B head-bop; because they're not remotely comparable in tone, in aesthetic and in technique. Blues music follows a blues scale, it's music is pitched a specific way using specific chords. A songs not just "the blues" because it's sad and tragic. As a rock and roll junkie, indebted to the blues musicians of years past, for grandfathering my country's most popular genre of music, my professor's dopey "answer" got under my skin.
*Which I'm sure at least one radical feminist flicked her bean to. Listen to this shit: [link] Jay, bra, the booty can't possibly be that good you'd put up with this man-hating gibberish.
**Why is it always a fucking dad who leaves! Women are 60% of the initiators of divorce, can we get some realistic representation, here! I mean, it's Pink's song, so it's probably based on personal experience, but, fuck me, I am so sick and tired of this " my daddy run'd off!" cliche in the Western zeitgeist. It's always daddy's fault: no one ever asks what momma did wrong. It's unthinkable to ask!