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August 2016: It's Jazz, Jim, But Not As We Know It OR Serendipitous Epiphanies OR What's Your S.A.Q.

I just looked back over my WILT Archive and realized that I've been writing these things for nearly three years. I'm frankly amazed that I'm still finding things to say about music, but here we go again.

 

The other surprise is that so many of these little essays (or whatever they are) have ended up having some kind of overall theme. I don't think there have been more than one or two occasions when they started out that way. I seem to be putting them together the same way I put an album together: by putting one foot in front of the other and keeping on until I get somewhere interesting. Somewhere along the way, I start to see connections between things, and a theme gradually develops. People sometimes debate whether the creative process depends more on emotion or intellect. I say it's neither. Or both. But there's another equally, or even more, important force at work, and that is intuition.

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