A Love Supreme
Sunday Sharing by Rachel Gemo, CEO St. Benedict Preparatory School
Just recently my husband, Chris, and I had the fortune to spend some time with a good friend, John, while visiting the San Francisco Bay area. John is a jazz drummer who has an extraordinary passion for John Coltrane’s album, A Love Supreme. When he lived in Chicago, there was an annual ritual for John, Chris and other musicians to perform live the full album at a local venue. It was a musical treat that many of our friends enjoyed! Even though I have listened to this album many times, it was only just recently that John explained the story behind Coltrane’s jazz masterpiece. In many ways, the album mirrors Coltrane’s spiritual quest that grew out of his personal troubles, including a long struggle with drug and alcohol ddiction that came to a chaotic head after Miles Davis fired him from his noteworthy band. The album, is a four-part suite, a spiritual declaration that Coltrane’s musical gifts were now intertwined with his faith in God. The four movements have very suitable titles: “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm.” My friend, John, explained........
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