This is Thelonious “Sphere” Monk, he has been gone from this world since 1982.
He was a famous jazz pianist and composer who had a unique improvisational style.
Here is a stunning fact: Thelonious only wrote about 70 compositions, whereas Duke Ellington wrote over a thousand! Duke Ellington is the most recorded jazz composer of all time, Thelonious is second! Second with only 70 compositions!
His most famous composition is Round Midnight.
Thelonious (for some reason, I love writing that name) was even on a 32 cent stamp issued in 1995.
Until last week when I was serendipitously blessed, I had never heard of him.
Now I can’t forget his enlightened words.
Because regardless of your race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, we would do it well to remember his words when the stupidity of hate threatens to overwhelm our minds and hearts:
They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
What I really love about his words is how applicable they are to so many social situations. For example:
- They tried to get me to hate men, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
- They tried to get me to hate gays, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
- They tried to get me to hate French people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
See what I mean?
With all the insanity that is currently happening in this country and across the world, the truth Thelonious wrote in his diary all those years ago is more relevant right now than ever.
Call to action: Can you apply Thelonious’ words to one of your own life experiences? If so, share, share, share in the comments.