3 May 2006
Post tennis discussion was elevated this week to cultural matters. Poetry and Music.
Tennis star with the dodgy serve brought up the Maestro, Thelonious Monk, who he says plays the piano out of tune, or discordantly or upside down or whatever. I omitted to remind him that I have indeed been compared to Thelonious Monk when I was featured on the Radio Three programme “Mixing It” This particular recording was made on an upright acoustic piano in a family room when I was surrounded by small children and some adults including Mrs Monk who enjoyed heckling me. The owner of the piano, Joan, scolded me for playing on the piano, thinking it was one of the children playing. Not my finest hour, but I do enjoy being scolded by women as most men do, ...or is it just me?
Listen if you dare and compare with “April Fools Day”, which was recorded on a midi keyboard with the note-bending-wheel, that we discussed. (featured near the end of the tune, which does mean you will have to play it to the end, even if it hurts)
So do you really prefer the acoustic sound?
Thelonious a.k.a. Che Monk