We’ve often talked about the ways Smooth Jazz enhances our lives. It can be a positive, rejuvenating force in the middle of a stress-filled workday. It can help steady a surgeon’s hand during a delicate operation. It can lead anxious adults and restless children to a good night’s sleep. The benefits of Smooth Jazz are many, but perhaps its most valuable service to humanity—and one we’ve somehow avoided discussing whenever the subject has come up—is how Smooth Jazz is a way for us to ward off the effect of (adult language alert) a**holes.
I came across a preview of what sounds like it could be a
rather interesting (and perhaps infuriating) new book the other day. It’s A**holes: A Theory by Aaron James, associate
professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. It’s excerpted here. According to the description of the book at Amazon.com, “Try as we might to avoid them, a**holes
are found everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and
personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly
someone should be acting like that.” Definitely a situation that calls for a Smooth Jazz remedy.
What dawned on me as I read the excerpt is that, more than anything else, Smooth Jazz has existed to be the antidote, the soothing balm that helps us cope with a world where a**holes seem to be lurking around every corner. Whether it’s an angry boss, a discourteous driver or a blowhard in the media, a few minutes with your favorite smooth music makes it all go away.
That’s what I’ve loved about Smooth Jazz since the beginning. Other places on the radio dial, other formats can get you riled up. But you could always count on Smooth Jazz to be a welcome oasis from controversy. Come over to 95.5 or 87.7 anytime, and you’d be assured of clean language, tasteful conversation and classy, adult music. A shot of musical Prozac guaranteed to make you feel better in minutes.
With the world being what it is today, I don’t think there’s ever been a time where we’ve needed Smooth Jazz more. We’ve got to get it back on the air somehow.
~Rick O’Dell (FmAm1@aol.com)
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