0

For instance: may a singer say...

Now I'm gonna sing a blue I wrote twenty years ago.

Or should he say...

Now I'm gonna sing a blues I wrote twenty years ago.

1

Neither is correct; you should say "sing a blues song". But not "sing a blue song" - that might not be understood as referring to the musical genre at all.

Strictly speaking, sometimes the singular "blue" is used in this way; the Merriam-Webster dictionary records a meaning of "blue": "of, relating to, or used in blues" and gives a specific example of "a blue song". But this is a rare, possibly obsolete form. It's better to use only the plural form to refer to the genre.

  • 2
    Not so: a blues is quite common. For corroboration Google "played a blues in E" or something similar. – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 1 '19 at 0:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.