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Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music

The Meaning of Soul

Lecture #1: Music As Metaphor, Chapter 25

April 28, 2011
Sanders Theatre – Harvard University

In this chapter, Wynton stresses that innovation is within us—not machinery, which lacks passion and emotion. Jazz has soul: “the affirmation of our way of” that gives jazz depth and meaning and inspires innovation.