I don't know how it came to be, but the other day my son and I were discussing music.
Neither of my kids appreciate jazz (yet). My daughter is a big cowpop fan and my son likes Toby Keith and Deep Purple, and seems to be leaning toward metal and that ilk.
Anyhow, I made a disparaging remark about "smooth jazz." "What's wrong with it?" he asked.
"It's like jazz with all the life and soul sucked out, just lumbering around tricking the ignorant into thinking it's alive...it's zombie jazz!"
So now whenever he hears "smooth jazz" he shrieks, "Augh! Zombie jazz!"
I haven't yet told him about the king of the zombies. I don't think he's ready for that, yet.
I was reminded of this just now because I'm giving my first listen to a recent free download from Amazon.com, the Trippin 'N' Rhythm Sampler of smooth jazz. Well, I've heard worse. What is most disheartening are the non-stop gushing comments at Amazon, as if this is the best music any of those poor deluded shmucks have ever heard.
So if you aren't a smooth jazz fan, avoid this one at all costs. If you are, avoid it even harder and get something with some life in it, for goodness sake.