Archive for John Coltrane

bad connection

Posted in democrats, video with tags on September 7, 2012 by Word-Drum

I received a call late last night from a friend. It was God.

He was very upset and by mistake, He dialed my number. I thought I knew the voice and said: ”Trane?”

“No, It’s Me.”

He had never spoken directly to me. It was not the sound of A Love Supreme, it’s was His actual voice.

He sounded muted like Trane on the record “Ballads.” Trane stepped back from what he had been doing on that record because he had lost his mouthpiece and could not create the intense sound he had without it. He was heartbroken because his poor dental condition was also preventing him from reaching an altitude (and spiritual plane) never reached before.

The Lord sounded like an old romantic ballad from the 40s played by a jazz master debilitated by time or loss.

“I don’t know if even I have strength to stay with Democrats.”

“I always tried to help everyone find their way and find Me. I gave my blessing to America on it’s founding, knowing it would grow to be a truly great nation made up of people filled with My love.”

“I don’t appear in public but I hear the voices of those singing my praise. I don’t need the limelight, but it’s nice to hear the cheers of joy. Not for my ego, but for the success of my work. The Word is for the benefit of all who hear it. Knowing the word is working, I can rest.

“What upsets me tonight my friend is this: My love was denied by the most powerful political party in all of history. Arrogance blocks their ears from The Word.”

“Tonight I was booed for the first time at the Democrat Convention. They will deny it of course, for that is their way now. To lie and confuse.”

The Lord Spoke To Me (in Anger)

“It would be like the rhythm-section cut out and went home right at the high point of one of your smoking piano solos.

Do you dig me Word-Drum? They let me down.

And now I’m packing up and going to visit friends. I don’t know if I will return to them. I need time to cool off.”

american soul

Posted in audio, jazz music, video with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by Word-Drum

Let these two tracks from John Coltrane give you strength to battle through the storms raining down on the once Land Of The Free.

Trane’s ‘Love Supreme’ was spiritually and artistically monumental, but the times and his probing nature pushed him to keep searching. Later in 1965 he made “Transition.”

By his death in 1967 the transition had been made. But like ‘Hope and Change,’ it’s not always a good thing. Within a year, Dr. King would be dead and the Welfare State was born.

Not everyone will appreciate the beauty of Trane’s late period. I just love it, but I see the wisdom of returning to A Love Supreme for a nation losing it’s soul.

audio: flames from trane 1965

Posted in audio, jazz music with tags , , on September 25, 2010 by Word-Drum

Close your eyes and hold on. Something got into Trane in 1965. Where ever he flew, Elvin was there with him.

The tempo is the speed of light. The feeling is a little mad, like Vincent van Gogh, yet the music’s brilliance burns like the sun. (It’s a live recording so adjust your ears accordingly.)

This ain’t ‘Smooth Jazz.’ This is as hard as it gets.

I put lyrics to Coltrane’s urgent repetitive riff: “We Don’t Like This Government!” Do you feel me?!

gig for god

Posted in jazz music, music, word-drum with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Word-Drum

One never knows where a gig might lead. Last week I had a gig playing for God.

I had to ask The Creator why He made the Universe?

“Well” He said, “for the visuals and for human music.”

“Really!?” I said.

He continued:

“Some say I’m the Supreme Artist. But if that were true, the Universe wouldn’t work.”

“But I do enjoy listening to the music from Earth while I watch the all the goings-on among my creation.”

“I’m more of an Inventor and Scientist, although I‘m retired now.”

He told me that one day in 1960 He heard John Coltrane playing.

And it wasn’t coming from His stereo!

The music had reached the Heavens. God reached out to Trane just as He had to Bach. Trane infused his Quartet with this glory from God.

But it wasn’t a power trip. The Big Guy really dug the music. He was kind of a Beatnik back then.

He didn’t create African Music. But God knew it’s power and wanted to spread and broaden it. I’m not saying He supported Slavery. He certainly didn’t create that either. He foresaw Jazz Music, which could only be created in America.

He loved all kinds of music, but His favorite was American. He was a musician Himself. He told me He has a room with a thousand guitars. When He played a power-chord it really sounded like it was from God!

After Coltrane, for only a blink in time, the music from a Stratocaster reached into the stratosphere and made Him listen…

Like many older jazz fans, He missed the Great Ones. “I even miss Miles” He told me. “He was a sinner but his bands and his concept were always Top-Shelf.”

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To tell you the truth, I was really nervous talking to Him. It was like going to a Shrink, the Pricipal’s Office and a Police Interrogation Room all wrapped into one.

He knew I was apprehensive and just told me to “Watch it.”