Relaxed Laws on Alcohol Sale, Took Away the Allure of Speakeasies

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Relaxed laws allowing sale of liquor and cocktails via drink delivery services, had taken away the allure of going to speakeasies during the ongoing pandemic. Perhaps learning from the lessons taught by the Prohibition era, laws do not stop people from buying alcoholic drinks illegally; especially now that speakesis have made a successful comeback in the nightlife scene.

Modern speakeasies have been revived in the past decades. Their revival was seen as a way of providing older customers a much quieter place, in which to enjoy favorite bar drinks while listening to soul jazz music. After all, contemporary bars and nightclubs are mostly catering to the younger set of people who prefer karaoke-singing entertainment; or the “rave” style in clubbing where deejays play techno dance music to electrify the scene.

Characteristically, speakeasies do not draw attention to themselves as a watering hole. Instead of having a glitzy auspicious facade, they are typically hidden behind another type of business establishment, which is how they originated during the Prohibition era. Although American speakeasies of today have been operating as legal businesses, the nature of their set up gives them an advantage over those that have been forced to shut down again due to the worsening health crisis.

One of the notable outcomes of the illicit nightclubs of the Roaring Twenties era is the evolution of the jazz music genre. In today’s present situation, where many are going through feelings of despondency over lost loved ones, lost jobs or lost businesses, soulful, rhythm and blues tunes and melodic expressions provided by soul jazz musicians convey that other people understand how they feel.

Still, as a safer alternative to having a night out, people can simply download or stream videos of soul jazz tracks and arrange for their drinks to be delivered.

What Makes Jazz Music Different?

Jazz music was originated by innovative African American jazz bands in New Orleans as nightlife dance music during the first decade of the 20th century. Described as syncopated music for having different rhythmic patterns and improvisations that added distinct tones by way of strong performances and musical techniques.

Actually, jazz music became more than just dance tunes as the elements of syncopation, the use of blues scale and musical styles later produced expressive tunes. The evolution of jazz music gave birth to hot jazz, swing jazz, soul music and rhythm & blues.

Jazz as a music genre is hard to define, but is distinguishable as a type of music layered with musical techniques, rhythmic patterns and passionate execution.