|Church of the Coltrane from the Flickr set of Damian||The Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church (now at 1286
Fillmore St. San Francisco)|
Photographer: Damian Rafferty
Musicians connect to us and their passing can shake us. One of the first I was introduced to was Johnny Cash and I remember the waves traveling through my car the day I found out he had died... I should have pulled over.
Blues for John Coltrane, Dead at 41
Although my house floats on a lawn
as plush as a starlet’s body
and my sons sleep easily,
I think of death’s salmon breath
leaping back up the saxophone
with its wet kiss.
Hearing him dead,
I feel it in my feet
as if the house were rocked
by waves from a soundless speedboat
planing by, full throttle.
By William Matthews
... then there is the joy of stumbling into videos for a blog post. Coltrane playing an appropriate tune & the video was posted by a lover of Cash and Coltrane