19th feb2013

‘Play your own’

by Aart

Enkele mooie quotes van pianist Thelonious Monk (1917-1982):

“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing? even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years”

“I don’t conside myself a musician who has achieved perfection and can’t develop any further. But I compose my pieces with a formula that I created myself. Take a musician like John Coltrane. He is a perfect musician, who can give expression to all the possibilities of his instrument. But he seems to have difficulty expressing original ideas on it. That is why he keeps looking for ideas in exotic places. At least I don’t have that problem, because, like I say, I find my inspiration in myself.”

“I like to sleep. There is no set time of day for sleep. You sleep when you’re tired, that’s all there is to it.”

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