Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Virus straight, with a chaser of jazz

Today, while I worked on finding ways to help my laptop avoid the Conficker virus, I started my jazz journey with a DVD documentary on Thelonius Monk titled Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser.

Too cool for words. What a fascinating individual, and although I was interested in the man behind the percussion-like piano style ("Melodius Thunk" as his wife called it) that gave him a reputation in jazz history, I found myself especially taken by the footage of his many pet cats in one scene, eating carefully diced raw meat. I looked among them for a match to the feline character in my "jazzman cat" story, because the cat told my main character he had hung around a jazz musician, but I'm not sure that I saw him in this crowd.

I think I am going to like this stuff.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed hearing a partial reading of the Jazzman cat story and really liked it. The cat character has a cool voice – it brings the music to the writing. I am looking forward to reading more of your work soon. Keep writing and listening to the Jazz Amanda.
    Erik Pulkka