Thelonious Monk wrote a lot of songs where the rhythm of an important
phrase in the tune comes from a spoken phrase that he was thinking about.
Think of I Mean You or Well You Needn't. For some reason, I thought
of the phrase I Know That I Can't Agree and a few minutes later wrote a
musical phrase that matches the way I say that. The last interval in the phrase
is a flatted fifth, a discordant interval which musicians in the Middle Ages
called the "devil in music". The tune changes meter every few bars also in
keeping with the idea of disagreement. Despite all of the disagreeing going
on, I really love this one. My son Matt claims I play this too much when I'm
noodling around on piano.
Composed in 1981 or 1982.
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