Monk .:Mar 05 09:.


Below is some advice from jazz great Thelonius Monk, in the form of some notes transcribed by Steve Lacy, who played with Monk in the '60s.  I think there are some valuable nuggets in there for all those musically-inclined.  My favorites:  "Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't need to keep time" and "A genius is one most like himself."

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Stevland Morris .:Dec 31 69:.


I figure with inaugural blog on the newly redesigned site, I'd like to kick things off with something from one of my musical heroes:

What most folks don't know is that Stevie is KILLER on a drum set -- he was a drummer first and foremost -- and played drums on a majority of his albums. I hesitate to say all because I haven't done research, but I know that Songs in the Key of Life are all Stevie doin drums...I have to look into his other stuff but I'm pretty sure it'll be Stevie everywhere. His drum technique was pretty sick too -- check out Superstition's drunk meter...it just oozed funk and expressiveness and all those other crazy descriptors that really don't do it justice. Just listen to it already.

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