Posts Tagged ‘monk’

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I really got to thinking about one of my favorite television shows: Monk. I like it so much that I watch it everywhere I possibly can — on the internet, at friends houses, on dvd. It shows real dedication for someone who doesn’t have cable television.

Here’s a brief synopsis for all of you who don’t know or watch the show…Monk was a cop who lost his wife in a car bomb. After that, he was so shaken up that he couldn’t recover mentally, so he was forced to give up his badge and then continued work with the police as a private investigator. Each episode is a case that Monk, with the help of his assistant (Sharona or Natalie), solves. He almost always cracks the mystery and is rarely wrong.

The comical part of the show is that he has severe OCD, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and whatever kind of phobias you could imagine. As a result, he says and does ridiculous things more often than not. He loves to clean, can’t go to the bathroom in public places, and is afraid of elevators, dirt, spiders, celestial space, fog, being touched, rabies, sitting down….shall I continue? Click here to read a list of all Monk’s phobias.

It is these personal tics that make the show interesting. Watching Monk try to solve cases, but still fear everything is quite amusing.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. After a whopping eight seasons, the show is finally coming to an end. I haven’t seen the finale yet, but my guess is that Monk will finally find out what happened to his wife, Trudy. I’m thinking he will find out who the murderer is, and then find some way to get past it, ending on a happier note. I can’t imagine ending the show on a sad one.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Shaloub, who plays Monk, is satisfied with the show’s success and ending. He’s won a Golden Globe from the show and has gained much fame from his character. In some ways, Shaloub thinks that people who watch the show become a bit like Monk. It’s probably true…we all have a little OCD in each of us.

Thank you for all those episodes, Mr. Monk.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Well, first thing’s first….I’m back! After a long month away from a computer, I have finally re-emerged from the darkness and have seen the light of the wonderful internet. (Funny how we rely so much on technology to live our lives, huh?)

Anyway, I will get right into the next post. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Delaware Water Gap’s 32nd annual COTA Festival, or Jazzfest, as known by the locals. Each year, surrounding local musicians get together and put on a three day festival in the heart of the Poconos, right next to the beautiful Delaware River.

The great thing about this festival is that there is so much talent in it. The local jazz musicians in the Poconos are not just any musicians — many of them are known worldwide for their great musicianship and virtuosity. Take, for example, Phil Woods, famous saxophonist who has played with many known musicians. He is also the co-founder of the COTA Festival.

Or what about Bob Dorough? You may not know his name, but you’ll know his music…conjuction, junction, what’s your function? That’s right. He wrote all the music for Schoolhouse Rock. And what a great performer he is!

Dave Leibman hits a high note at the COTA Festival. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Dave Leibman hits a high note at the COTA Festival. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

And I also want to mention Dave Leibman, a very talented, often obscure jazz saxophonist who played with many performers throughout the festival.

Perhaps two of the most interesting performances came from a local drummer named Bill Goodwin and a well-known singer named Nellie McKay. Bill Goodwin and his group performed several interesting Thelonius Monk songs, while Nellie McKay danced and dazzled her audience with her cute singing and daydreamy lyrics.

While all that music was happening, local artists gathered their best works and put them on display in tents just outside the stage area. There were photos from previous years at the festival, beautiful pieces of handmade jewelry, and even lamps made out of antique instruments. If you got tired of sitting on the hillside, you could just wander down the street to the artisans and check out their goodies.

And the food — oh! The falafel sandwiches, ice cream, and black beans with chicken and rice. Mmmm.

All in all, this year’s festival was a musical success. It may be slowly losing money, but jazz lovers in the Pocono Mountains will never let this festival die. Thanks to all the contributors throughout all three days!

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