A fashionable part of the blues
I am whatever you don't choose
I start with an R
My messages go far
But maybe just after this snooze.

What am I?

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    Ahh, you're right, I misread it – Sensoray Jul 12 at 14:29
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You are

A rest

A fashionable part of the blues

A "rest" is a musical term (it basically means "don't play for X beats"). As pointed out in the comments, rests are the key to the syncopation that makes jazz/blues music sound cool.

I am whatever you don't choose

That's "the rest"

I start with an "R"

Yep!

My messages go far

"REST" is an architectural style for creating and linking web services

But maybe just after this snooze

A "rest" can mean a brief sleep

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    You got the right answer, but the first line can be more fashionable. – Ian MacDonald Jul 12 at 14:17
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    Regarding the first line: rot13(Erfgf ner gur xrl gb gur flapbcngvba gung znxrf wnmm + oyhrf fbhaq pbby naq uvc -> snfuvbanoyr?) – No don't shown my real name Jul 12 at 23:44
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    Maybe it's a bit too much of a joke, but ... the rot13(unys erfg ybbxf yvxr n ung). I like your interpretation too, though. So.. we're good. :) – Ian MacDonald Jul 13 at 13:29

Are you:

Reject?

A fashionable part of the blues

Many Blues songs are about rejection.

I am whatever you don't choose

What you don't choose, you reject.

I start with an R

Reject starts with an R!

My messages go far

You can reject a telephone call with a message. Or it might refer to rejected email messages which do seem to bounce around all kinds of servers before you get them back.

But maybe just after this snooze.

'Snooze' is a way of rejecting an alarm.

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    Darn it, you beat me to it. +1 – Joe-You-Know Jul 12 at 14:02
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    Oooh close one! The messages one feels like a bit of a stretch to me. – Ian MacDonald Jul 12 at 14:16
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    @IanMacDonald Ah, there's only one right answer. But thanks, I thought it was a a good fit. – Astralbee Jul 12 at 14:34

It could be:

Rhythm.

A fashionable part of the blues

Rhythm is used in blues a lot

I am whatever you don't choose

You can find rhythm without thinking

I start with an R

Rhythm

My messages go far

Rhythm sends a message in the form of a song

But maybe just after this snooze.

Might just be a line to make it a limerick

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    Good attempt! Doesn't quite fit on some of the clues. – Ian MacDonald Jul 12 at 14:15

Are you

A refrain

A fashionable part of the blues

A musical refrain, i.e. the chorus

I am whatever you don't choose

To refrain from, to not choose to do something

I start with an R

Yep

My messages go far

most song's refrains convey a message, concept or idea

But maybe just after this snooze.

refrain can mean to sit out or decline to participate

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    An interesting alternative! The second one is addressing the action and not the thing, but otherwise, I like how well this fits. – Ian MacDonald Jul 13 at 13:12

Could you be

Area?

A fashionable part of the blues

Area is a fashionable part of Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, as he painted many blue paintings in his time (which required area to paint on). Also, painting is a form of art, and the word area is part of the word art in terms of spelling.

I am whatever you don't choose

When you don't choose to do something, it leaves room for you to choose something else. (e.g. "room for improvement".) Room $\to$ area.

I start with an R

R $\to$ are and area begins with "are".

My messages go far

You would have to be quite far up in the sky to read messages that use a huge amount of area of land (e.g. "SOS").

But maybe just after this snooze.

Areas of your brain require rest, especially to read and write (messages).

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    I appreciate the effort to make this work. Clever attempt! – Ian MacDonald Jul 13 at 13:10
  • @IanMacDonald thanks. I look forward to more of your riddles, assuming you will make some more ;) – user477343 Jul 13 at 13:11

How about:

Radio

A fashionable part of the blues

Where's the hippest source of blues? Radio was integral to spreading and popularizing the blues from the rural Southern states to the urban North

I am whatever you don't choose

How much choice do you have over a DJ's playlist?

I start with an R

like Radio

My messages go far

Longwave radiation!

But maybe just after this snooze.

Good morning radio alarm, reach out and hit the snooze for another 10 Zzzzs

  • Hello! Welcome to the Puzzling Stack Exchange (PSE). I like your answer a lot because it is clever and funny, too, so $+1$. Since you are new to Puzzling.SE, I recommend you visit the Help Center. You seem to know how to provide a good and well-informed answer, but you have not asked any questions yet, so I suggest that you go here and then here. Otherwise, great answer once again, and keep puzzling! $$\stackrel{\bullet\,\bullet}{\smile}$$ – user477343 Jul 14 at 3:18

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