The enjoyment of jazz crept up on me in a most sinister fashion.
I am a white male in my late twenties, so I guess it was inevitable.I literally looked up one day and realized I liked jazz. I remember thinking something along the lines of “when the fuck did this happen?” and not really getting any answer.
I didn’t bother fighting it. My days of being cool are slowly waning. I was never really cool before, so I was not particularly inclined to mourn the loss.
Does liking jazz now make me cool? I doubt it. It does make me want to tap my feet a little and nod my head to the rhythm. Jazz is beloved by white people because you can’t really dance to it. You just tap your feet and bob your head a little. It is a safe kind of music.This is a fact.
As with any new thing I hope will make me cool as I meander into the thirties, I know absolutely nothing about jazz. Jack shit. I own exactly one jazz record on vinyl. It is Miles Davis. I know who Miles Davis is because I read about him on the label of a craft beer dedicated to one of his albums, Bitches Brew. The beer was very good, so I bought Bitches Brew on iTunes.
I liked the album, but I didn’t buy anymore Miles Davis. Instead, I just subscribed to the “Miles Davis” station on iTunes radio. The program’s algorithm now chooses to play Davis’ music, and other artists with a similar style, for me. I could use the program to delve deeper into the world of jazz, and to discover new artists and learn their styles.
I do not do this.
Most of the music sounds good, and I usually have no clue whether or not the song that’s playing is Davis or not. Sometimes I like to pretend I can tell, but I’m really just guessing and don’t bother to check.
Am I ruining jazz? I am sorry for that, but there’s only so many thing I can busy myself and obsess over while trying to ignore the fact that I am aging, and my body is beginning a slow revolt that will eventually end in death. Sure, I have lots and lots of time to use obsession to push that inevitability out of my mind, but not enough to do it with jazz, apparently.
As I ponder this, I will wait and let the algorithm pick more songs for me. I will tap my feet and nod my head. I will wonder if the song id by Miles Davis, or someone else.
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