And the answer is: Jazz
What's the question?
A popular American television game show, cleverly named Jeopardy
(an etymological play on the French root jeu
, game) takes its game-ness from a linguistic reversal: the contestants' question is an answer; the answer must be formed as a question.
In the jazz world, we have answers. I don't know that we have the question.
I play jazz. I say I play jazz. People who play jazz, play with me. Jazz media write about me. Jazz radio spins me.What kind of music do you play?Jazz
, answers the Pianobabbler.
But, what question am I really answering?
Uh oh. The Pianobabbler is wandering into the antique What is Jazz?
room. Many have lost themselves in there. Few have emerged. Of ...