Why are the blues called "the blues" anyway? This is just one of the questions I had that compelled me to write The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu
. Want to find out? Read my latest for The Huffington Post.
"Why is blues music called "the blues"? The name of this great American music probably originated with the 17th-century English expression "the blue devils," for the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. Shortened over time to "the blues," it came to mean a state of agitation or depression. "Blue" was slang for "drunk" by the 1800s. The link between "blue" and drinking is also indicated by "blue laws" that still prohibit Sunday alcohol sales in some states..." click here to read the rest!