Jazz For Your Soul

Jazz For Your Soul

Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23PM EST by Brad.

Added Jan 25, 2014 at 09:18PM EST by RandomMan.

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Jazz For Your Soul is an image macro series based on a digitally composited photograph of an individual passionately playing a musical instrument, or an object as if it were one, in the style of the PTSD Clarinet Boy and Karate Kyle.


The original instance of the image, which shows a Korean man holding a fire extinguisher as if it were a saxophone with the caption “Jazz for your soul,” was uploaded in early 2007 by Daum blogger Masaru7 and began circulating the Korean blogs and forums, soon going viral after being featured in the HIT gallery of the Korean humor community DC Inside on April 24th.


On February 21st, 2007, the image was posted on the Japanese Yahoo.[2] On April 29th of the same year, the image got posted on a blog on the Korean website Egloos[3] alongside two derivatives showing two men playing guitars as if they were violins with the texts “Falling in your soul…” (shown below, left) and “Classic for your soul” (shown below, right). After that all three images were shared numerous times on South-Korean blogs from 2007 to 2010, mainly on the blogging platforms Egloos and Tistory, where more variations were created and spread over time.[4][5]

In November 2010, the original image was posted on the Cheezburger website Pictureisunrelated. Although the post has since been lost, it was shared on the Gentleartofmeme Blogspot[6] and FunnyJunk[7] that same month. On September 24th, 2012, Youtuber James Russel posted a video[8] on Youtube showing the original image with smooth jazz playing in the background, which has gathered over 4,000 views as of January 2014.

On August 1st, 2011, Tumblr user Hazyville posted the original image to his blog.[10] On September 22nd, 2012, Tumblr user Factsaboutmycat posted a derivative of the original instance on her blog showing a little kid using a toy like a saxophone (shown below, left).[11] On August 23rd, 2013, Tumblr user te--love posted an image showing a kid playing saxophone on a longboard (shown below, right).[12] As of January 2014, the three posts have gained over 24,000, 39,000 and 178,000 notes, respectively.

Notable Examples

Additional examples can also be found on Tumblr under the tag #jazz-for-your-soul.[9]

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External References

[1]Oeker.net – 잠시만여~~! 책 나눔후기 보고 가실께여

[2]Yahoo! Japan – Jazz for your soul

[3]Meatball.Egloos – Jazz for your Soul

[4]Nigimizoddo.Tistory – Jazz for your Soul

[5]Plusblog.Tistory – Jazz for Your Soul

[6]Gentle Art Of Meme Blogspot – Jazz for your soul

[7]FunnyJunk – Jazz for your soul

[8]Youtube – Jazz for your Soul

[9]Tumblr – Tagged: ‘#jazz-for-your-soul’

[10]Tumblr – Hazyville

[11]Tumblr – Factsaboutmycat

[12]Tumblr – Te--love

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