Thursday, January 13, 2011
I was talking with one of America's youth tonight who had never heard of Thelonious Monk.
No surprise really-what knowledge we accumulate in our lifetimes builds incrementally.
What brought this on? I was watching a movie the other night which had in it child actors who couldn't act.
They could hardly get their lines out, let alone emote, and I'm not picking on them-they simply haven't learned
their craft yet. They were chosen for their looks, not their 'talent'-which also happens to adult 'actors'.
Back to Monk. I don't want Thelonious Monk to be lost in history-I would love it if his music is still being played a hundred plus years from now. By then all the music ever recorded might be fit on a thumbdrive with near-infinite capacity. I hope that the musical appreciationists of 2111 keep Monk's music alive...while deleting Rod Stewart. Please.