The Artistry of … John Coltrane:
The artistry of John Coltrane transcends the music itself and speaks to a spiritual essence that is at the core of art. His own musings and reflections present him best. These are some of his words. His music does the rest:
“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my
knowledge, my being…When you begin to see the possibilities of music,
you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free
itself from its hangups…I want to speak to their souls.”.
“I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.”…
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a
picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and
senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s
one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in
some way. The musician’s is through his music”.