All the elements in place for me to mention it. Murakami on jazz and the roots of his writing. Excerpt:
When I turned 29, all of a sudden out of nowhere I got this feeling
that I wanted to write a novel — that I could do it. I couldn’t write
anything that measured up to Dostoyevsky or Balzac, of course, but I
told myself it didn’t matter. I didn’t have to become a literary giant.
Still, I had no idea how to go about writing a novel or what to write
about. I had absolutely no experience, after all, and no ready-made
style at my disposal. I didn’t know anyone who could teach me how to do
it, or even friends I could talk with about literature. My only thought
at that point was how wonderful it would be if I could write like
playing an instrument.
I had practiced the piano as a kid, and I
could read enough music to pick out a simple melody, but I didn’t have
the kind of technique it takes to become a professional musician.
Inside my head, though, I did often feel as though something like my
own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it
might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was
how my style got started.