Re: Theos-World Music...
Oct 03, 2001 12:33 PM
by Bill Meredith
God Bless The USA, by Lee Greenwood. 'Talk about heart felt emotion. Talk
about depth of feeling.' Is patriotism not a relevant issue?
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> Subject: Theos-World Music...
> Date: Wednesday, October 03, 2001 1:25 PM
> Relevant Music
> On Steve Rowland's monumental John Coltrane radio documentary being
> NPR stations, "Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone," there's an
> segment about "Alabama." Trane wrote the composition in 1963, as a
> to a racist church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four
> young girls.
> To put to the test the long standing rumor that Coltrane patterned his
> after the cadence of Martin Luther King's moving eulogy, Rowland
> the Coltrane composition and the results were rather startling. Hearing
> music on top of King's speech, and how perfectly in tune Trane's tenor
> with King's voice, it's obvious just how deeply Trane was indeed touched
> inspired by King's words, which spoke of the incident being "the greatest
> tragedy of our time." Even more amazing is just how moving and affecting
> Coltrane's playing is on this track. Talk about heartfelt emotion. Talk
> depth of feeling. Coltrane's music was of its time, and the fervor of the
> sixties informed everything he did in his last seven years.
> In fact, there were a number of artists back then who wrote music,
> with words, and sometimes without, that was informed by the times. Music
> spoke to the issues that were at the forefront of our culture
> When was the last time you heard a performance, or a recording, that
> any issue at all?
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