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October 10, 2002

Happy Birthday: Thelonious Sphere Monk, 1917-1982.

I’m not a jazz musician. What I play is rock, blues, folk. Guitar music. White-guy American music.

But when I listen to Monk, I hear someone who splits up the line, syncopates the beat, and knocks the chess pieces awry the way I try to.

There’s life, and there’s music, and music endures. Happy birthday, Monk. [10:01 PM]

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Romer ::: (view all by) ::: October 11, 2002, 12:13 AM:

The blues is white-guy music? Tell that to Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

William Burton ::: (view all by) ::: October 11, 2002, 01:02 AM:

It's so cool that my son shares a birthday with Thelonious Monk.

Myke ::: (view all by) ::: October 11, 2002, 10:49 AM:

My Mom married Vishnu Wood, a bass player who used to tour with Monk. We've got Monk's leather jacket in my closet. It's HUGE.