Back in February, the website The Best Article Every Day posted Thelonious Monk's Advice. Monk was a remarkable - no, legendary- jazz pianist who died in 1982. In 1960 a colleague transcribed Monk's advice. Here are some of his tid-bits:
ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE.So, if you don't "dig it," at least improvise until you do. (That's mine. Not Monk's.)
STAY IN SHAPE! SOMETIMES A MUSICIAN WAITS FOR A GIG, & WHEN IT COMES, HE’S OUT OF SHAPE & CAN’T MAKE IT.
WHEN YOU’RE SWINGING, SWING SOME MORE!
YOU’VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG IT, YOU DIG?
Here's Monk- Blue Monk. Watch him swing. Dig it!