How To Trane A Monk



I wrote “How To Trane A Monk” over two years ago back in 2012. It models the styles and compositions of John “Trane” Coltrane (tenor sax) and Thelonious Monk (piano) when they played together in the mid- to late 1950’s. Now as a theology student, I love puns and the title is indeed a play on words about training (Trane-ing) monks (Thelonious Monk). The lyrics which go with the melody are as follows:

“You take a little bit of this; you take a little bit of that; you put it all together and then, that’s how to Trane a Monk!”

Also, I have recorded all of the instruments and mixed the audio myself. The instruments recorded are trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and drums.

See Monk and Coltrane’s tune “Bye-Ya” on youtube to see one of their songs in particular that inspired “How To Trane A Monk.”