"Wrong is right," said Thelonious Monk.
After all the crap we got for years before we got Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time into production, this seemed like the right quote to lead off our latest postcard series.
I love reading about great artists and their creative processes, no matter what they’re great doing. And when I started working directly with jazz musicians, I noticed how their verbal inventions were often wonderful metaphors for all the arts I became involved with over the years.
So, while our primary creative business is animation, it seemed like some of my jazz heroes might have something to say to artists everywhere, and maybe deserved some Frederator postcard love.
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." –Thelonious Monk
Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk was particularly insightful. Maybe it was because he was always being attacked. He didn’t play like anyone else, his melodies were “jagged,” “unmusical.” He wasn’t formally trained and he was often accused of playing was out of tune (on a piano?!), sounding like he was hitting “between the notes.” It was simple, Monk’s music was “wrong.”
So, ”wrong is right,” said Monk. He realized that the conventional wisdom ultimately led to a staleness, that it didn’t move art anywhere but into a black hole.
Monk’s notion is as true in animation (or fiction or painting or videogames or movies) as it is for music.
From the postcard back:
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"Wrong is right."
Thelonious Monk @Minton’s Playhouse, New York
Circa September 1947
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb
Courtesy of the United States’ Library of Congress
Series 23.1 [mailed out August 7, 2014]