Jazz vs. Absinthe

As a creative type, I was intrigued with the mystique of Absinthe. I was thrilled to learn that it had finally become legal in the U.S. and bought the first bottle of Lucid that came into my town.

As I had read, the attraction to Absinthe is that the active ingredient, Thujone, counteracts the drowsy effects of its extreme dose of alcohol leaving the drinker with decreased creative inhibitions and an otherwise "lucid" feeling.

So, I experimented with drinking it instead of other alcoholic beverages in social situations. The whole preparation ceremony is kind of cool but I didn't really feel too much different -- even after two glasses of the stuff. I didn't have the sudden urge to run to my recording studio as I had hoped.

Fast forward to February 28th. To quote the headline in ScienceDaily, "A pair of Johns Hopkins and government scientists have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn on those that let self-expression flow." [This Is Your Brain On Jazz]

Well, I guess this explains it. For most of my life, I've been unknowingly training myself to achieve the same state of decreased inhibition organically that poseurs like Marilyn Manson claim they need Absinthe to reach.

I'll certainly be saving money on Lucid in any case (the stuff is $60 a bottle). But, I'll probably keep some around so I can look mysterious in the liner photos of my next album.




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