“A genius is the one most like himself.” —Thelonius Monk
The scanned note above is advise Thelonius gave to a musician. The list is worth reading and pondering about. Monk was on another plane of thinking as a musician/performer.
Monk has played a large role in my life with my son. In his first month of life I would play Monk tunes for him every morning. During his last time living with me back home we would watch a Thelonius Monk documentary I found. I have a three CD set of essential Monk music to pass on to him along with my Monk vinyl. Last year before my move I played in a Jazz Ensemble at a local community college. During that time I practiced Monk songs on my guitar to learn for my boy. Maybe I shoulda named him Monk!