‘Mind Jazz’

by Fred Leeds

Like musical jazz, mind jazz stresses the offbeat. The goal is to get you to think about old ideas in new ways. Mind jazz is usually taken as a mistake at first. That is because it jars on the ear that sticks to the original phrases. Mind jazz is a rebel’s language and an English teacher’s nightmare. Here are some examples:

Happy-go-lacky describes a person who becomes a servant to others by not taking things seriously. This is especially fitting in our cash-on-the barrelhead society, morally on the lookout for the lackadaisacal.

A giggling brook is more charming than a babbling brook, and unlike a babbling brook, is at least partly intelligible. A giggling Brook would be something – or rather, someone – else, though the two might be acquainted.

A Mommy Superior is sure about the littleness of children, husbands, and other domestic objects. She’s not exactly religious, just religiously intent on the discernment of what’s “cute.” She understands the female role perfectly, but fires it everywhere like a shotgun.

John Dough is just like John Doe, but even more faceless. He is like a bell curve of the human personality, as unobjectionable as vanilla pudding.

Revel Without A Cause plays around a lot and never gets to the point. He deviates for the sake of doing so, to escape the heat of blind conformity.

Anyway, you get the idea. Mind jazz also has a serious, moral purpose, but I forget just what it is.

Fred Leeds ©2009

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