Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich; Photos: Keystone/Hulton Archive, iStock.
Woody Herman took the stately "Pomp and Circumstance" and made it a party.
It's cap-and-gown time at colleges and universities. All across the country, the next generation of American exceptionalism is coming to terms with having mortgaged its future to meet the skyrocketing cost of higher education. You've had your fun, kids; no more keg stands. Now it's time for the rubber to meet the road. Take all that unbridled optimism and great expectation you've accumulated to the real-world scenario of matriculating into a jobless recovery and a tattered economy!
That said, jazz can help you during the transition. When the frustration of applying to hundreds of entry-level positions builds momentum, just stomp it out with some blues. Here are five songs that'll help you dance like there's no tomorrow. All are guaranteed to alleviate the burn that comes with re-entering the atmosphere. Good luck on the way down.