Disneyland and Jazz

Published: June 18th, 2010 | Category: Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jokes, Music, News, Relationships, Singing

I am down in sunny Los Angeles, well actually Anaheim, visiting the Big Cheese, Mickey Mouse and his sidekick, Minnie.

Last night we were walking around Downtown Disney with  10,000 other people, shopping and listening to really wonderful jazz. Yes, jazz! As we strolled down the main drag, spattered here and there were some really wonderful musicians performing. And 90% of them were pouring out beautiful notes of jazz.

It made me think about our society and music, specifically the genre of jazz, and if you go into almost any restaurant or public place where you hear music piped in, most of it is jazz. And yet, when you look at the number of albums sold, concerts attended, or small venues where jazz is performed, very few are of the jazz genre. Why is that?

Is it because we are geared towards our youth and they prefer a hard driving beat to dance to? Is jazz just to deep and complicated and people don’t want to take the time to listen to it? Perhaps we have no time to listen in our hectic lives.

What a shame more of us don’t take the time to enjoy our surroundings, to just sit and listen and drink in the beautiful sounds of music that surround us.

Well, I must go now and take the kids to a loud, crowded amusement park with people pushing and waiting in long lines, all hot and sweaty and irritated cause they have to wait such an incredibly long time for such a short thrill. And yet, it is the Happiest Place on Earth. Go figure. (Walt is rolling in his grave)

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