Jazz, like all serious art, is slavish in its adherence to boundaries and rules. And therein it achieves the nature of true freedom, in both art and life. —Arthur C. Brooks in the New York Times, August 29, 2017
Freedom in [Charlie] Parker’s music was the freedom to work within the melody and chords to make beautiful, life-affirming music.
In 1897, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim undertook on of the first modern empirical studies of mental health . . . . His results were clear: Individuals are less likely to hurt themselves in communities with more clearly articulated moral boundaries.
The lesson: To be truly free to enjoy the best things in life, set proper moral standards for yourself and live within them as undeviatingly as Charlie Parker did in his music.
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