Sterling had Michaelangelo today at 11ish am.
Picked up “Monk Alone”: 2.5 hours of Thelonious Monk on the piano alone. It’s a little bit like going mad in heaven. He does some standards and things you wouldn’t expect (“everything happens to me”, “just a gigolo”) in his inimitable style. I really try to play guitar like he plays piano but god it’s like planning to fall down the stairs: you can’t do it naturally without fucking up. The odd accents, the pauses and embellishments.
“Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” and the four (!) versions of “everything happens to me” are just too. fucking. hardcore.