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July 22, 2014 / robinswood

Psalm – Part 4 of a Love Supreme

A friend passed along this YouTube video, in which a fellow named James Carey does a really nice job of presenting the text of the poem “A Love Supreme” in its musical context. Originally published on March 11, 2012, this is how Carey frames his video:

A few years ago, knowing I absolutely adored the John Coltrane album, A Love Supreme my wife gave me this incredible book by Ashley Kahn: A Love Supreme/The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album. Reading the book, I discovered something remarkable: the fourth movement, “Psalm,” was actually John Coltrane playing the ‘words’ of the poem included in the original liner notes. Apparently he put the handwritten poem on the music stand in front of him, and ‘played’ it, as if it were music. I immediately played the movement while reading the poem, and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was one of the most inspirational and spiritual moments of my life.

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