Friday, September 23, 2011

John Coltrane 9/23/26 - 7/17/67 - 85th Anniversary of his Birth

I have had a copy of this picture on a wall in my home for many years. Every now and then I pause to look at it and reflect on the life of John Coltrane and his wife Alice.

This week there are local celebrations of his music ‘Remembering John Coltrane.' His music remains alive forever - a legacy for us to enjoy.

John William Coltrane - Also known as "Trane"

Born September 23, 1926

Origin Hamlet, North Carolina

Occupations: Saxophonist, composer, bandleader

Instruments Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Years active 1946–1967

Died July 17, 1967 (aged 40) Huntington, New York, United States

He wrote the following words about his album:


I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee O Lord.

It all has to do with it.

Thank you God.


There is none other.

God is. It is so beautiful. Thank you God. God is all.

Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.

Thank you God.

In You all things are possible.

We know. God made us so.

Keep your eye on God.

God is. he always was. he always will be.

No Matter what . . . it is God.

He is gracious and merciful.

It is most important that I know Thee.

Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, thoughts,

fears and emotions—time—all related . . .

all made from one . . . all made in one.

Blessed be His name.

Thought waves—heat waves—all vibrations—

all paths lead to God. Thank you God.

His way . . . it is so lovely . . . it is gracious.

it is merciful — Thank you God.

One thought can produce millions of vibrations

and they all go back to God . . . everything does.

Thank you God.

Have no fear . . . believe . . . Thank you God.

The universe has many wonders. God is all.

His way . . . it is so wonderful.

Thoughts—deeds—vibrations, etc.

They all go back to God and He cleanses all.

He is gracious and merciful . . .

Thank you God.

Glory to God . . . God is so alive.

God is.

God loves.

May I be acceptable in thy sight.

We are all one in His grace.

The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement

of Thee O Lord.

Thank you God.

God will wash away all our tears . . .

He always has . . .

He always will.

Seek Him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.

Let us sing all songs to God

To whom all praise is due . . . praise God.

No road is an easy one, but they all go back to God.

With all we share God.

It is all with god.

It is all with Thee.

Obey the Lord

Blessed is He.

We are all from one thing . . . the will of God . . .

thank you God

I have seen God—I have seen ungodly—

none can be greater—none can compare to God.

Thank you God.

He will remake us . . . He always has and he

always will.

It is true—blessed be His name—thank you God.

God breathes through us so completely . . .

so gently we hardly feel it . . . yet,

it is everything.

Thank you God.


All from God.

Thank you God. Amen.

This spiritual side of John Coltrane is not mentioned very often. Thanks to him for the many, many hours of his music that I, and so many others, have listened to over my lifetime.


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