Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wonder Quest Update Tuesday March 3, 2015

     From the time I began working on my Wonder Quest project, I have become infatuated by the subject of blues music.  I am starting to see and hear blues music everywhere, in every genre of music on the radio.
     Research has had a pivotal role in my project thus far.  I have come to realize that I am not very skilled at time management, however, I have grown better through this project.  I have never had a problem with plagiarism, and I still do not have problems in this assignment.
     I feel that I have enough information and notes from my sources to construct and compose a research paper on the topic of Blues Music.  I am learning several new things in my book, and I am up to page 94.
    The hardest thing about my project is probably right now, where we have to write a research paper on our topic.  I've just never been good at writing anything nonfiction, but every moment is a learning moment, I guess.

     One of the books that I am using for my Wonder Quest project on Blues music is Albert Murray's Stomping the Blues.  The book has a total of 258 pages.  I chose this book because I thought that everything in the book could be used and be relevant, and I am not disappointed.  I have up to today read 59 pages of the book, and everything that I have read has been germane to my project.  The book is a book of the 'basics' of blues, but, at the same time, contains very specific information on my topic.  It highlights the history of the blues, for the most part, and also provides information on how blues music evolved into the mainstream audiences and is still evolving today.
     For my project, I was assigned the task of creating an annotated bibliography, complete with 10 sources, fully cited, with a paragraph or two explaining each source.  I find that the bibliography is incredibly useful, as it gives me motivation to find new sources on my topic.  The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to provide the viewers of your project a resource that they can use to find any other information about your topic, and also to find where some of your information came from.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wonder Quest

      I've always been interested in music. Ever since I was a kid, I've been banging on tables, smashing keys on pianos, and generally just making a racket. Naturally, as I grew older, I started to get more serious with my music, and, after a while, music became an escape, a way to express myself through the strings of my guitar, though my voice. 
      Throughout history, Mississippi has been the host of the sounds of the oppressed. African-Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and eventually, quite a few were living in Mississippi, working day in and day out. The emotions of the slaves and poor folks of that time period were expressed through their voices as song and chants. 
      These songs became what was known as the Blues. 
      Something about Blues music is alluring to me, maybe because it originated in Mississippi, or maybe because the voices of this sadness speak to my soul, in a way that no other style of music can do. Blues is the building block of every other form of music. It was the first form of music that was truly personal.
     I've checked out the book Stomping the Blues, by Albert Murray. It is a book about the origination, the evolution, and the influence of blues in popular culture. I also plan to use the Internet to my advantage and find sites and articles that pertain to my topic of Mississippi Blues. 
      I hope to construct a PowerPoint with my findings, outlining each of the subtopics in Mississippi Blues. I may even perform a song- after all, I do love to play music.