Richard Gehr twitted a link to a list of rules created by Thelonious Monk, who died thirty years ago today. (Monk didn't write them down, but Steve Lacy took notes more than fifty years ago.)
The second of these made it into "Against the Light", if I'm not mistaken. Monk -- who hated the extraneous -- and Elmore Leonard would have had much to discuss.
STOP PLAYING ALL THOSE WEIRD NOTES (THAT BULLSHIT), PLAY THE MELODY!
IT MUST BE ALWAYS NIGHT, OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN’T NEED THE LIGHTS.
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.
YOU’VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG IT, YOU DIG?
A GENIUS IS THE ONE MOST LIKE HIMSELF.
Friday, February 17, 2012
at 3:00 PM