John Coltrane - "After the Rain"
Genius, muse, musician, game changer, prodigy, influencer, interpreter, player; John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane" (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), who was an American jazz saxophonist and composer, had many titles, but none of them surpassed his title as inspiration. The influence Coltrane has had on music spans many genres and musicians. Coltrane's massive influence on jazz, both mainstream and avant-garde, began during his lifetime and continued to grow after his death. He is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians.
Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son, Ravi Coltrane, is also a saxophonist.
So today, with clear skies and open eyes, I choose John Coltrane's "After the Rain" as my, let the worry melt away, find the spring in another day, look for the light around every corner, song for a, clean as the morning, like light through window, open eyes and open hearts, Wednesday.