This is yet another recording by my jazz band Operation Jazz. This time, we’re playing “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.
This is a recording of my jazz band, called Operation Jazz, playing “Moondance” by Van Morrison. I just wanted to share it with you so that you readers might be inspired. We just started this band a couple months ago and look what we can do! This is for any aspiring musicians out there: Don’t be afraid to start up your own group. At the very least you will have fun!
As we know, music can be a great joy to listen to. The melodies and harmonies can take us places we never imagined. However, this is only half the joy of music. Music has a social aspect as well. Music can bring people together in an activity. It can make people dance and party. I love to listen to music with my friends. We point out our favorite songs and our favorite parts of the songs.
However, there is an even more social aspect to music that creates an even deeper connection between people: performing it. Performing music allows the performers to express themselves in a way no words can. Performers form connections not only with each other, but also with their audience. If a performer puts his emotions into his music, the audience will sense this and draw an even deeper meaning from the music.
Above is a picture of my jazz band practicing together. We have fun and play the songs we think sound good or that we find enjoyable to play. All the while, we are forming a bond between each other that is like none other. We spread this bond to the world by performing our music and bring the joys of music to more people. It is amazing how a group of a few people can connect so many more people. Don’t be afraid to take initiative and start your own musical group if you have the desire.
If you have a bad idea, go ahead with it! It may not turn out to be as bad as you think it is. At the very least it could start you thinking on the path toward a good idea. For every good idea there are many bad ones, so don’t be discouraged. In fact, jazz music did not appear out of nowhere, but rather evolved from its precursor: ragtime.
Ragtime was given its name because it was unlike all music that came before it. The name derives from “ragged time” because the rhythms in ragtime were not right on the beat. The music accentuated unconventional beats and thus created a new feel.
However, this new feel was not widely accepted at first. Many thought ragtime was a bad idea and openly opposed it. One writer in 1901 said, “This cheap, trashy stuff could not elevate even the most degraded minds, nor could it possibly urge anyone to greater effort in the acquisition of culture in any phase.” Many thought that because of its strange rhythms, ragtime would cause brain and nervous system damage to listeners.
Despite all of this criticism, ragtime lived on and became some of America’s most iconic music: jazz. This just goes to show that, while an idea may seem bad, this is by no means necessarily the case. So next time you have an idea, give it a try. You never know what will come of it.
Music has a great power: the power to affect our minds. Music can make a person feel sadness or joy, provoke inspiration or deep thoughts. This power is the reason why music can be the root of innovation. I know that I personally am more inclined to think up new ideas while listening to music. However, this is actually a mutual relationship: Just as music is important to innovation, innovation is of equal, if not greater, importance to music.
If there had never been innovation in music, where would all the variety that exists today be? Would we be stuck forever with instruments such as trumpets and violins? Granted, these are beautiful instruments, but it can be a bit redundant to have all music consist of the same instrumentation. Instruments such as the saxophone and the electric guitar have each revolutionized music in their own right.
The same goes for different styles of music. While classical music was once ruler of the musical realm, it has now been overtaken in popularity by many other forms of music. Where would we be without jazz, which was completely radical when it first emerged? It has now become the epitome of American music. And who can forget genres such as rock, country, and pop? There is more variety in music now than most people know what to do with.
All of these new developments came about because of innovative people. They had new ideas and went ahead with them and, as a result, many millions more people can hear the fruits of their innovation and draw innovation of their own from it. I encourage you, reader, to invest some time in music and see what it can do for you and what contributions you can make to it.