Kojo no Tsuki by lenwood-1 published on 2012/10/28 02:18:50 +0000 Today, I finally completed Kelley's book "Thelonious Monk, The Life and Times of an American Original" after 2.5 months of reading all 450 pages very slowly to absorb it. One of the best musical bios I have read. He talks about a song I was not aware of that Monk titled a Japanese Folk Song on his 1967 Straight no Chaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD1p95nyeEc that was based on Rentaro Taki's piece Kōjō no Tsuki" (荒城の月 "The Moon over the Ruined Castle") which is a Japanese song written in 1901 by Japanese pianist and composer Rentarō Taki. The music of the song was inspired by the ruins of Oka Castle built in 1185. )WIkipedia 2012.) I listened to Monk's version and a Japanese Flute version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Nbtemm2qQ and recorded this on my Ribbecke Redwood Jazz Halfling whose tone can replicate the Koto. Not even Ribbecke realizes that this tone can be done on the hollow body Halflings. I did not realize how many people had recorded this song until I went back a few minutes ago to check the spelling of this piece. This ends a week where I metaphysically traveled to Persia and played santoor with Santana, Discoed to house in Manila and went back to 1967 with Monk and then to Meiji Era Japan. What a week.