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.]

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