We’ve Got the Blues

We’ve Got the Blues

Use this activity to have students create their own blues story.

Students can listen to “I’ve Got the Blues” by Sam Myers to get a sense of how lyrics and storytelling can happen over a basic blues line.

Then, using this backing track video, have students create their own blues story. They can choose a real issue or concern in their lives or create an entirely fictional narrative.

  • Challenge each student to write a narrative that lasts for a full 8 bar blues phrase. Older or more advanced students can be asked to sing their narrative along with a simple melody. Younger students can rhythmically speak their story.
  • Have them end the story in the 8th bar with the phrase “I’ve got the blues”