Love Never Fails: John Coltrane

John-Coltrane-A-Love-Supreme-LPJohn Coltrane “A Love Supreme” is considered his masterpiece. It stands as one of his most important achievements in all genres of music. Coltrane’s liner notes on the album reveal his intention to offer the song and album as a humble offering, a way of telling God thank you. Earlier in his life, he had lost his job with the Miles Davis Band because of his battles with alcohol and heroin. His own words declare God saved him. So he goes record “Love Supreme” as a prayer with his sax and his ensemble.

The motif of God’s love is interpreted musically in a repeated riff that he plays in all twelve keys his instrument. Coltrane concludes his solo and quietly begins to chant, “A love supreme … a love supreme,” singing the same four notes played by his bassist. After chanting “A love supreme” sixteen times it slowly tapers off, knowing they had expressed God’s love in every voice they could conceive. There was nowhere God’s love didn’t get the last word according to Coltrane. Persons of little faith speak how; “A Love Supreme” has let them have a glimpse of God.

Published in: on May 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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