I think it’s important that I get something off my chest: I love jazz music. I really love jazz. When I get up in the morning, when I’m walking to college, at the gym, doing work all I can think is just “what shall I listen to next?”. A few years ago I had a real problem with it and I wanted to share my story with you.
It started when I was younger. My dad’s favourite musical was ‘High Society’, we used to watch it most weekends because I’ve always been a big musical nerd. Frank Sinatra and Princess Grace Kelly and Louis Armstrong kicking it every single way. They’re amazing And with songs like ‘high society’ and ‘little one’ it’s no wonder I developed an affinity for them.
As time went on I started finding new jazz, artists I liked just as much. Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and of course Micheal Buble, especially at Christmas. I expanded my collection until all I was listening to was jazz. I used to listen whenever I was doing work, the mellow tones helped me to concentrate and stopped me from getting too stressed out.
Soon my friends started to ask questions though. Everything I was doing was jazz related, I would tap out the rhythms to my favourite riffs without thinking and scat on my walk to work. That’s when I realised I had a problem so I took the courageous action to quit. Cold turkey. No jazz, no musicals just pure popular culture.
It was pretty difficult at the beginning and it took a long time for me to be able to cope without jazz. But it does get better. I found talking to people about what was happening is a really good way to communicate how you feel in a safe environment. Also, no jazz didn’t mean no music.
Now, due to the hardwork of many people I have let jazz back into my life but I know how to deal with it. Whenever I listen to John Colttrane or Billie Holiday I’ll make sure to chase it with Taylor Swift or Beethoven (depending on my mood).
I know this is quite a serious topic but I think it’s important to share the things happening in my life and this is a big deal for me. If anyone out there is struggling with a jazz addiction I would love to hear your story too.
Love you all,