Jazz and love are languages with much in common. Becoming fluent in these langauges takes discipline and creativity. Through the disciplined study and practice of these languages, we are able to more freely express ourselves. . . .Improvisation is not just a principle from theater alone; it is a principle for life and love. Living is improvising. Analyzing the art of improvisation in jazz music can help deepen our understanding and practice of love. . . .Improvisation is creative collaboration. Agile and attentive, improvisation entails openness to new possibilities. . . .Like jazz, personal relationships of love also move forward through conversations. We are designed to be in communion with each other. Through heart-to-heart conversation, a deeper, lasting bond is built . . . With time these friendships can become revolutionary, when we are united by a common goal—transforming the world to be more just and loving.
Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 145-146.
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