Date: October 16, 2020 06:56AM
As the late great philosopher and Masonic illuminatus Louis Armstrong once said, "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."
What is Utah jazz doctrine this month is not what was jazz doctrine last month. The concerts have been reduced from three hours to two, and even to none under localized plague restrictions. Early church leaders may have condemned Jazz as "Devil Music", but polyphonic polygamy is condemned in today's church.
Conceptualized as a form of Jazz, Mormonism is a free form improv dependent on current social circumstances and band preferences. Jazz, like rock and roll, or Mormonism, is a name and concept contiguous with the sexual act, in this case Joseph Smith's "jelly roll" and Boyd K. Packer's "little factory".
Today's jazz criticism always encourages one kind of diversity or another, that is, except when it comes to differences of opinion with the band leaders. It supports the idea of individual direction unless that direction provides another point of view on what is valuable in the mission, what its definition is, and which of today's musicians should be celebrated.
As RFM board poster, Rocket Scientist says:
'I taught the Gospel Doctrine class for many years and as an experiment, I brought John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" to class one Sunday. I played part of the opening track and asked for opinions of the music. Everyone thought it was "of the devil." Then I read Coltrane's poem that was part of the album without telling the class that it was from the same artist. They thought the writer was a man of God. When I told them it was the same person, most were shocked. The lesson that day: open your minds to culture outside of the church. Unfortunately, it went over their heads.'https://www.exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,2034935,2035203#msg-2035203