To the Deep Water: James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues"

McParland, Robert P.
October 2006
Interdisciplinary Humanities;Fall2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p131
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the music entitled "Sonny's Blues," by James Baldwin. The music is created through the struggle of the pianist Sonny and the communal mystery of jazz. It is stated that the music can provide daring and learning inheritance of life to the listeners and relieved the pain of nausea. Moreover, the dynamics and motives of Sonny's consciousness are described as cathetic and structural rhythm. A list of jazz singers and musicians including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith is presented.


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