way, listening deepens your appreciation of life. It deepens your awareness
of the subtlety of human invention. Of relationship. Of feeling. As you
give over to the moment, your focus doesn't miss a beat, because you know
the rules, and the score. But you're just playing a game.
jazz can be a creative, spiritual activity. Just like tennis, gardening,
crocheting, cooking, meditating or playing jazz. Any activity that has your
fully integrated attention - body, mind, heart and soul - can show you the
meaning of life - the willingess to trust the unknowable mystery of creation.
It is a blissful sureness that comes from connecting with the life current.
The pleasure is unmistakeable.
It's clean, pure
pleasure, distinct in character from other pleasures, such as buying a boat,
eating cake or being given a prize. What makes jazz so accessible is that,
unlike tennis, which also swings, no one sits in a tall chair on the sidelines
calling someone a loser. The boundaries are more flexible, and the graceful
artistry of the players is a communion of cooperation among bandmates, listeners
and the univeral creative spirit moving through all involved. Jazz has the
physical, mental, spiritual and emotional all integrated into an elegant,
gracious, endlessly fascinating expression.