Explore the archetypal journey of the human psyche through a multimedia examination of blues music. The blues originated in experiences of trauma, oppression, and enslavement but now serves to liberate our emotional lives. In our increasingly isolated and technologically engrossed culture there are fewer and fewer opportunities to pierce the bubble of individualism and experience a felt, relational connection to our environment and those around us.
The blues encourages a deeper communion with emotional life, especially the more difficult emotions that are often shunned in our relentless pursuit of happiness and material acquisition. By moving into and through sadness, we can be released into an experience of joy. The blues facilitates this process. Blues musicians communicate feelings in song that resonate within the listener—and thus they serve as modern day shamans who heal through the ritual of music.