The Mind Is Listening
Drums, strings, clarinet, the piano, saxophone and trombones combine to make jazz. There is literally music for every mood. Music is the best company you can ever have. It holds you prisoner for a few minutes or hours, it resonates in your mind, slips into your subconscious without your permission, and has the power to transform you. Music is love.
However, from the vast selection of musical sounds in the world, its jazz that does it for me. They say jazz is for the matured minds…it was like a family ritual for us; growing up in a family where soul soothing jazz music filled the air, you just can’t help but love it. I remember my elder brother playing the likes of Herbie Hancock, Earl Klugh, Peter White, Dave Koz and Yanni. The list is endless. Through Herbie’s electro and drum and bass, I developed an understanding of improvisation. These jazz artists are talented in their own right…and their music is made the more intriguing by their diversity. Creativity plays a strong role in composing their music. Just as how Yanni enthralls his audience with his music, his talent knows no boundaries and his music knows no borders. Self trained pianist, Yanni mastered the piano without lessons. He believes that he talks to music and music talks to him. He blends jazz, classical, soft rock and word music to create predominantly instrumental works. Yanni has been called a true global artist and his music is said to reflect his ‘one world, one people’ philosophy. Through his music, he has championed peace, tolerance and universal love. Every jazz musician plays a horn, regardless of what their instrument is called. All instruments, including drums, pianos and guitars are blown.
It all started from New Orleans in Louisiana, United States, the history of jazz music started from the 20th century. But pre jazz time has shown that it instigated from the salves who worked on the lands. As we know, the slaves were from Africa, pre dominantly West Africa. Their drumming, echoing, hand clapping and response pattern was syncopated in nature. There it can be said that the element of jazz originated from the African slaves. It was more like from the mind for them, as they worked they transformed that weakness into energy that surged from within. The mind indeed is listening. Jazz itself, transforms, direct, pure and transparent.
Even our very own jazz artists here in Nigeria are doing so great with their music, they captivate their audience with their beautiful compositions; the likes of T-Mac, Lekan Babalola, Femi Temowo and Bright Gain, are captivating the Nigerian audience with their good soothing jazz music. You enter a jazz concert; you find decorum and a peaceful environment.
Finally, jazz music soothes the soul and speaks to your moment. Go out there today and buy a jazz music collection, and enjoy every moment of the sound it brings, you will be glad you did.
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