Thelonious Monk – “Blue Monk”

art, abstract art, modern art, Jane Robinson


Blue Monk” is a jazz standard written by Thelonious Monk that has become one of his most enduring tunes. First recorded for the album Thelonious Monk Trio, it is a B flat blues and is similar to the jazz tune “Pastel Blue”.

This song and Thelonious was the inspiration for this painting. Improvisational, movement, rhythm and colorful…Thelonious himself.

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917– February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “In Walked Bud,” and “Well, You Needn’t”. Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than 1,000 pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.

His compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.

He was renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats, and sunglasses. He was also noted for an idiosyncratic habit observed at times during performances: while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard, and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano.

Monk is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time, after Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington, and before Wynton Marsalis.

Are you buying Art Muzak?

Jane Robinson, Art, Painting

Jane Robinson, Art, PaintingAre you buying art muzak?  You are probably scratching your head wondering what in the hell is art muzak?  Well, let me paint you a picture.  You probably know what muzak is… you know that background, generic, instrumental music piped into the elevator, waiting rooms, grocery stores, etc.  Often diluting popular music (like the Beatles) to a milk-toast, tasteless sensory experience.  Many comedy skits have an endless amount of material regarding muzak – think Saturday Night Live.

Well art muzak is the same.   You know the kind.  Generic, milk-toast, decor people (or their designers) choose for their homes.   It too dilutes art to a bland sensory experience AND art (and music) was never intended to do that.

So break out of the art muzak stupor seek out original art that speaks to your soul.  #AbstractMoxy