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Wednesday, September 22
EITHER/OR AND JAZZ
At what point in our development are we told that we can only be one thing? You hear kids say, "I'm going to be a doctor." As we get older, that really doesn't change, save for the fact we often add, "...and have a big ass house and ridiculously stupid car." The externalities don't ever change that single ambition to be ONE thing, and that worries me.
We're so boring it blows my fucking mind.
We can do so many things, yet so few of us ever really do anything with that luxury, let alone realize that it's even a luxury in the first place.
It also bothers me that people make their work their identity.
People should listen to more jazz. Not because it's some higher/intellectual form of artistic stimulation (it isn't -- it's just sound arranged in a different way than most are used to), but because it opens up parts of your brain you didn't know you had. That exposure to the once-unexposed is essential to our well-being. Over time, you get used to trying to achieve that stimulation of the unexposed from everything else outside of jazz. This is where inspiration and execution come from. I'm confident that if we all collectively listened to jazz more, we'd feel less boxed-in and see the potential in, frankly, everything.
I know I'm naive and stupid and have crapped out a ton of provocative and unfounded ideas, but this... this is something I'm absolutely certain about.