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notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK
Thursday, November 13, 2003John Coltrane - pure praise John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Mark's been living with this music for a while, he says; tells us it's affected him deeply.
No blog would do justice to the moments we then shared around Coltrane's modal jazz brilliance. Mark introduced it as an expression of Coltrane's spiritual searching, a piece of music which begins tentatively, choppily, to some perhaps chaotically, but gradually builds into a meditative pattern at whose climax the words come in: "A love supreme, a love supreme, a love supreme..." It's pure praise, and after it had faded, Mark read an extract from Coltrane's liner notes to us as a psalm:
Glory to God... God is so alive.
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. ...