Teaching Younger Kids To Like Jazz

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Recent discussions about jazz have been rather upsetting. Most people believe people who like jazz, especially if they are young, are somehow pretentious.

For people my age, this can be rather sad; sort of like having no one to whom we can pass the torch on a great era for musical taste. When reading articles purporting the pretentiousness of jazz as appropriated in todat’s mainstream musical cultures, I do understand the perspective of the authors. These are young adults who have heard about the magic of jazz but failed to see (or hear) the importance of the movement.

The beauty of the genre was diminished further when a small group of people proclaimed themselves “jazz experts” but were really trying to seem more radical than they really were – in the same way people embellish the truth to appear non-conformist.

On the other hand, I do not believe that an entire musical genre should be disregarded or readily labelled just because of a small population of false fans. This is not to say that all people should like jazz; as with any musical genre, passion and attraction are dependent on individual tastes, which all people should respect. However, this still does not mean that jazz should not be given a chance today.

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Jazz enthusiasts like jazz not only for its rhythm and melody, but also for what it represented at the time. One must remember that jazz began as the musical blending of European music and African beat. It became a symbol of a cross-cultural revolution. It also allowed people to express themselves through music and dance; an unheard-of concept at the time.

Younger kids should realize that jazz is neither pretentious or out-of-date. They should open themselves up to the experience and not be swayed by society’s current opinion of it.

Christopher J. Keehner is a New Orleans jazz enthusiast. Having reached his early 60s, he is passionate about educating the youth about this musical genre and what it stands for. Learn more about jazz by liking this Facebook page.


Philadelphia Eagles’ Season Outlook After the 2016 Draft

Philadelphia Eagles fans have been yearning for playoff success for a long while now, with the team not having won a playoff game since the Donovan McNabb era. The search for the next franchise quarterback has seen nothing but setbacks, and team management probably think current starter Sam Bradford does not fit the bill.

After giving up several draft picks, which would have provided the team at least four potential NFL-level starters now and in the next two seasons, and two current starters in Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, to move up to the No. 2 pick, the days leading to the draft were eventful for the Eagles.


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Ultimately, the Eagles tabbed a collegiate champion in Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, a quarterback out of North Dakota State University. Scouts raved about his passing ability and athleticism, with analysts comparing him to current NFL quarterback standouts, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. If he can come close to playing like any of those two within the next few years, our team can be a perennial contender. The draft also saw the Eagles filling out positional needs at center, offensive guard and linebacker.

So with all the transactions the last weeks, a new offensive-minded coach in Doug Pederson, and an unhappy starting quarterback in Bradford, excitement for the upcoming season should be tempered. Will the team get to the playoffs? They probably won’t because the lack of chemistry though would definitely be an issue this 2016. But do the fans love where the team is at now? More likely than not. The future is bright for the Eagles.

Christopher J. Keehner is a Philadelphia resident and an avid fan of its sports team, including the Eagles. Learn more about him and his passion by checking out this website.