One day, a prominent critic said, “nobody wants to have emotion anymore.” That made me think, what if he was right? What if we were looking for easiness and control, everywhere, every time?
What if we were avoiding photographs that challenge us, the dance that isn’t performed by Ms. Guillem and the music that is not immediately catchy? These days, I can’t help but notice that Jazz is too often seen as a complex art form, for religious music scholars only. Fundamentally, jazz music is about feelings, a sincere expression of what the musician is going through. Jazz is about spontaneity, and that is why it is a great companion for pop and rock’n’roll, which are more direct and raw. I always thought that the confluence of the three create a great balance, which is why this mixtape has a little bit of all three.
So here we are, in December, the month of great expectations. We rush to the next year, somehow happy and sad at the same time. We urge ourselves to be ‘more’. I wanted these few minutes to give us the space to think, next to the fireplace. I hope that you’ll agree to come with me on this little trip before we hear the kids screaming around the Christmas tree… and the same old family stories…
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image by Matt Bower