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blues
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
a style of music that originated among African Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes

(blue notes are musical notes sung or played at a lower pitch than those of the major scale — especially the flatted third, fifth and seventh)
  • All night the saxophones wailed the hopeless comment of the "Beale Street Blues," while a hundred pairs of golden and silver slippers shuffled the shining dust.
    p. 151.4
blues = a style of music that originated among African Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes

(blue notes are musical notes sung or played at a lower pitch than those of the major scale — especially the flatted third, fifth and seventh)
There are no more uses of "blues" in The Great Gatsby.

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