screaming the blues

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
Janis Joplin was screaming the blues. Paris decreed (for the second year in a row) that hemlines would go down, but they didn’t.
Source: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

To scream the blues is a sarcastic way to say singing in a screaming voice, right?

Glossary:
Joplin, Janis (1943–70), is a US rock and blues singer.

Thank you.
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    You seem never to have heard Janis Joplin sing. It is simply accurate, rather than sarcastic, to describe some of what she did on stage as "screaming." I suggest you check Youtube for some of her performances, such as "Ball and Chain" at Monterey; you will soon understand why the term "screaming" was used.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    I agree (and I heard Janis Joplin live in concert). "Screaming the blues" is a good description of how she sang, during the louder and more animated portions of her songs.
     

    jacdac

    Senior Member
    Lebanese
    Thank you. Just watched a YouTube clip of Part of My Heart. Her voice is really coarse. Not my type of music.
     
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