No one can argue the fact that Jazz music is the music of love. Jazz music itself is a cultural phenomenon. It is an American music genre that exploded internationally. While Europe gave us Classical music, Jazz is inherently American. No one can argue with that. It has its origins in New Orleans during the 1900s and soon evolved into what is known as Jazz music in the 1920s. That period was also dubbed as the Jazz era, and people in that generation are called today as the Jazz babies.
The 1920s also marked a shift in fashion. As with the times, elegance and adventurousness became the norm. The Jazz era also gave birth to Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the sweeping romantic novel about the South: Gone with the Wind.
The Representation Of Jazz Music
As a style of music with American origin, Jazz music was and still is, the music of the people. It came into fruition through the talents of African-American musicians who performed in various venues throughout New Orleans. It burrowed influences from European and African music, to create an American sound. Jazz is also a kind of rebellion against the stiff representation of Classical music, through the use of improvisation and the ‘blue note.’ Today, it is represented as a refined and sophisticated form of music. We often hear it in movies, Television, and cafes. Its other variety called Smooth Jazz has proliferated in health/wellness shops, posh restaurants, and as a form of therapy.
How This Music Touch One’s Soul?
Our body responds to sound waves. It is the same phenomenon found in plants. The alpha and delta waves stimulate the brain to create relaxation. In a way, these waves are also responsible for hypnotic stimulation. Certain types of Jazz music can create a relaxing effect. Examples of artists are Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Wynton Marsalis. Diana Krall, who sold millions of records due to her piano and vocal talents, imbibe a sense of romantic feeling to the listeners. It has something to do with the style of singing and her choice of repertoire for her recordings.
The Uniqueness Of Jazz Music
Jazz will always occupy that space where it is neither formal, nor it is ordinary. Jazz musicians can create hundreds of variations through the same melody with the use of improvisation. The purpose of Jazz is to violate Classical music’s adherence to structure and to get the listeners to the soul of the experience. Jazz is a visceral experience. To understand it, one must listen to it.
If you are planning for someone to fall in love with you, then a little Jazz in your romance might make it work. Remember that the music itself puts you in a certain mood. When your subconscious is open, then it is easy for you to trust and also to open your mind to possibilities. Playing Jazz also gives you an air of sophistication. A cultivated taste makes a person attractive. It is not surprising when your partner falls in love with you through the aid of Jazz music.
It is also a good idea to play Jazz in an intimate gathering that allows people to talk, smooth Jazz can do this. Even vocal Jazz can do this because Jazz singers have a distinctive style. If you noticed, most Jazz singers have a sensual and mellow tone. They don’t sing over the microphone, and they croon and whisper. Hence, they give so much emphasis on the emotions behind the lyrics.
Next time you get your friends together for dinner, play Jazz. It is the music of love and intimacy.