Toe tapping and all that jazz
Posted by: Innocent Bystander on 04 August 2018
Two common themes on this forum, an apparent predilection for jazz, and desire for foot tapping...
The jazz aspect make me wonder - is it that so-called the ‘Naim sound’ is simply that Naim kit is ‘voiced’ primarily for jazz, making it appeal particularly to jazz lovers?
As for toe tapping, I have never understood the fixation with that either, though this has been discussed elsewhere - but the fondness for jazz makes me wonder if it is simply a jazz thing?
So Friday evening was curious: we went out with friends, to a venue that did dinner with jazz, promising gourmet food and “two hours of toe tapping live music to get us in the mood for the weekend”. Now, jazz is not something I like at all, generally being a complete turn-off, but I was prepared to give it a try - after all, the food and company would make up for it if the music was bad, and I accept it is always possible that some jazz playing might be pleasant. In fact the music was tolerable, if not engaging, with my wife quite liking the singing though it did nothing in psrticular for me, and some of the solo sax was pretty good though at that stage it wasn’t jazzy at all, just soulful playing of several tunes I know.
Come midnight, after an evening of nice food but not a single toe tap, we moved on to a bar that did late night live music, with an R&R band playing mainly 60s music. Not my favourite genre, but actually very enjoyable with old songs I mostly knew played very well - and then my toe did start to tap! Actually it was more my foot and the rest of my body swaying with it. But then, the volume was pretty high, up in the high 90s decibels I guess, and loudness is a factor I have generally found likely to induce movement with rhythmic music.