Why is it important to Elijah Wald’s thesis to argue that “blues” in the 1920s meant a style of popular music to audiences, rather than a style of folk or art music?

Instructions: Answer two of the following essay questions using no more than 500 words (4-6 paragraphs) for each question. Everybody must answer Question No. 1 and then choose one other to answer.You must use at least one specific song example in each essay, chosen from songs discussed in class or on the syllabus. Make sure to identify any assigned readings you use by author name and title. If you quote from a reading, provide the page number. Identify at the start of each essay the number of the question you are addressing. Use complete sentences with a clear and direct style, correct grammar and spelling, and terms from the course where appropriate. Format: double-spaced, 12-point common font (Arial, Times, etc.). Submit your response as a single Word document (including both essays). Export to Word if you use Pages or another program. I will not accept essays by email.