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Telling A Story. . . Or Not

Posted on April 11, 2012 with 0 comments
TELLING A STORY. . . OR NOT
By Sue Terry

Telling a story has always been the raison d'etre of a Jazz solo--at least that's what they told us in music school, and in practically every Jazz instruction book ever written. Tell a story, tell a story; your solo has to have a beginning, a climax, an ending. Not only Jazz solos, but whole songs, of any style, are expected to have this structure.

When you think about it, you realize most music is like this. It is linear. It follows a timeline of development. There have been many brilliant examples of this type of music, so one cannot dismiss the idea, by any means. Indeed, not only is the narrative element an important component of music, it's also one of the most notable characteristics of humanity.

Cultures, mythologies, religions, even familial and societal roles revolve around the narratives we tell ourselves daily, hourly, minute by minute. With these stories, we compose our lives. They run in the background of our minds, guiding [...]
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