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October 10, 2013


October 10 marks the birthday of Thelonious Monk who gained recognition as one of the most adventurous and influential musicians in jazz. Wearing dark glasses and a variety of distinctive hats and given to occasional cryptic pronouncements, Monk was prototypical eccentric, an image that was reinforced by the unusual and distinctive arrangements of his music and his unique performing style. Monk went his own way and played by his rules using a percussive style of playing the piano with silences and hesitations. A follower of the Dao must also go their own way from the crowd.