Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Elliot Smith's "I Better Be Quiet Now" just came up in the shuffle. It seems a bit faster than I remember it. Might be a good thing.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tucson Poetry Festival

I'm really excited to share that I will be one of the featured readers at this year's Tucson Poetry Festival in April. Details are available here. I'm looking forward to the opportunity! Special thanks to everyone at TPF!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

While hanging with an old friend Saturday night before his gig, we started talking about Monk. My homeboy's keyboard was set up and his trumpet was pressed into his hotel room bed; he had obviously been rehearsing earlier that evening. After awhile I asked him "What makes Monk so great?" He didn't answer me immediately, but sort of recoiled in thought, then walked over to the keyboard and played a flawless rendition of Monk's "Just a Gigolo." He explained to me what was going on musically, though using no more than 10 words or so. He mostly asked me to listen. After that, I felt like the top of my head had flown off; my ears finally opened. I even felt like my vision had improved!

Needless to say, I spent all Sunday listening to Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of Thelonious Monk.