TSJR’s Take (editorial) Archives

June 2018


Music — The Universal Language of Healing

There is but one universal language that’s understood and actually held to be practically sacred: Music. Be it jazz, rock, country, r&b, Latin, new age, pop, World, and anything in between, music is a blessing and a gift that keeps on giving. As evidence of its power, even those stricken with such memory robbers as Alzheimer’s can recall a catchy melody or refrain without effort, even when they can’t remember such things as an address, a phone number, a name.

What is it about music that is so complete and all-encompassing? It soothes, it uplifts, it “speaks” to the soul, it moves one to tears, it literally pulls you out onto a dance floor and can just as easily soothe you into a heavenly state of rest and bliss. It is the pied piper of smiles. What is this wonderful intangible, this unseen yet deeply felt entity? Is it an inexplicable spiritual gift? Is it something that’s simply an inherent part of who we are and have always been? Read more


May 2018



Can We Return to the Smooth Jazz of the ‘80s and ‘90s?

Remember the days of the ‘80s and ‘90s when you could hear artists such as Grover Washington, Jr.; George Benson; Roy Ayers; Patrice Rushen; Kevin Eubanks; David Benoit; Dianne Reeves; George Howard; and Kenny G. on your favorite local radio station? Such music, often labeled “smooth jazz” or “contemporary jazz,” was such a delight to your auditory senses.  Throughout those decades, the record/cassette/cd buying public plunked down hard-earned cash to purchase music from these multi-talented and much beloved musicians and vocalists.

Their music felt special to us. It was as if we had been anticipating its arrival for quite some time and radio programmers finally had gotten the memo, so to speak, that these aforementioned artists’ music had both earned and deserved a place on the airwaves and in the bins of the stores that we frequented. The artists had gained a following, a niche one, that generated festivals; cruises; radio contests and cd giveaways—all of which created a collective sense of euphoria and effervescence among fans. Read more