Lists of Note: Thelonious Monk’s Advice

Lists of Note: Thelonious Monk’s Advice:

  • Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time.
  • Pat your foot & sing the melody in your head, when you play.
  • Don’t play the piano part, i’m playing that. don’t listen to me. I’m supposed to be accompanying you!
  • Don’t play everything (or every time); let some things go by. Some music just imagined. what you don’t play can be more important that what you do.
  • A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
  • When you’re swinging, swing some more!
  • You’ve got it! If you don’t want to play, tell a joke or dance, but in any case, you got it! (to a drummer who didn’t want to solo).
  • Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along & do it. A genius is the one most like himself.
  • They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.

[A picked a few faces. Can’t have enough Monk. Can. Not.]

The illusion of privacy (and what we actually care about)

The illusion of privacy (and what we actually care about):

You probably have very little privacy at all, giving it up a long time ago.

If you’ve got a charge card, the card company already knows what you do, where you go, how you spend your money, what your debt is like. If you use a cell phone or a computer, someone upstream already has access to where you go, what you buy, what you type, and on and on.

No, you don’t really have a privacy.

[This bugged me a lot for years, but the system is rigged against you, and I decided that it wasn’t worth fighting. I’ve nothing to hide. But that doesn’t mean I like it… or wouldn’t change it if I could.]

Source: Seth’s Blog