Weekend self-care open thread—The genius of Coltrane

Weekend self-care open thread—The genius of Coltrane

Elvis Costello penned a song called “This Is Hell”. In it he has these lines, which have been tattooed on my brain since I first heard the song:

This is hell, this is hell, this is hell.

"My Favorite Things" are playing

Again and again

But it`s by Julie Andrews

And not by John Coltrane

I discovered John Coltrane in my mid-teens. And I went for the hard stuff, listening to “A Love Supreme” over and over again for at least a month.

I don’t think I can adequately describe the genius of Trane. He married the improvisation of jazz with the sonic and thematic explorations of Western classical music. And his music was imbued with a deep spirituality. You listen to a piece by Coltrane, and you come away transformed. He, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman did things with the art of jazz which jazz musicians are still taking in all these decades later.

So, for this weekend’s self-care thread, a bit of the art of Trane.

As always, take care of yourselves and those around you.



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