Then we grow up. The responsibilities of adulthood close in. Family commitments, work commitments, community commitments, and a never ending stream of demands that come from living in a 24/7 culture with no downtime leave adults with very little time for themselves. There is no time to seek out new and interesting entertainment. Without access to peer groups and campus-driven word-of-mouth, and without much familiarity with music resources on the internet, adults default to the familiar songs from their formative years that they hear repeatedly on radios in their cars and offices and piped into stores. Does this mean they don't want to hear anything new, or that they just don't know what is available or how to find it?
Traditional music stores are youth culture driven. Even if you know what you are looking for there won't be anyone there to help you. Adult oriented stores like Barnes and Noble or Borders are a goldmine, and you can listen before you buy, but the amount of choices laid out in a maze of shelves and bins can intimidate a novice explorer. If you're lucky you'll hear something playing in the store that lights you up. Or you'll pick up the headphones, push the play button by an interesting looking CD cover and get the immediate "Wow". Unfortunately that doesn't always happen. Then it's easier to default to the familiar, so people often do...
We at SmoothViews.com are the lucky ones. We have found a genre of new music we love that is created by and for adults. Yes, we want to get you hooked too. If you are already hooked we want to expand your horizons and help you discover more music and more artists. We want you to get to know the musicians, and we want to lure you into attending concerts and festivals. If you read the staff bios
you can see that each one of us discovered Smooth Jazz at a different point in our lives and in a different way. Some of us have been in the industry for a while, some have a musical background, some are fans who became writers, some are writers who became fans. Music created that alchemy. It always does. It can do something as small as change your mood or as huge as changing the way you see yourself and your world. It can make you dance in the aisles without worrying about looking silly, and it can make you call in sick, drive hundreds of miles for a concert and have so much fun it keeps you smiling through weeks of high stress days. Everybody needs an escape, and everybody needs inspiration. That is something we never outgrow. A friend summed it up when he said, "we used to put on some music and listen and just go away for a while." Our wish is that you will discover some music here that will affect you that way.