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thank for these exquisite and profund words about John Coltrane and his music...They have been a poignant gift, taking me back to when I first heard his music, like nothing else I had heard before...

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Amazing how successfully his music communicated that "supreme synthesis of the infinitesimal and the immeasurable," that the experience of listening to it can be so universal. Thank you for using your words to encourage us to return and be reminded.

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I was moved by your post at the Autumn Equinox, your words, "It enters with a torrent of tears. Watching the rain fall, listening to Coltrane, thankful for the trembling leaves..." Thank you for sharing your memory of the Coltrane inspired conversations between you and your husband "of breaking through levels of consciousness, traveling to uncharted places, the benevolence of safe return, improvisation as prayer." For the way you saw Coltrane's "closing passage" as "a supreme synthesis of the infintesimal and the immeasureable, a musical phrase propelled by the breath of God."

Your words evoke in me such gratitude for the sweet vulnerability of life, loss, beauty, and our searching hearts. As well as the power and soul of John Coltrane's music. These are sacred moments you share. Thank you Patti Smith.

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Thank you for this beautiful post. I'm listening to the sublime "Naima" as I type. I wonder if you also listen to Alice Coltrane. I have enjoyed discovering her music in recent years. When I see them on my record shelf next to each other I think of all the record collections around the world where they remain beside each other, unique but complementary.

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Coltrane is so inspiring, Thank you

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Beautiful, thanks for the memories โค๏ธ

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Thank you Patti for this wonderful post which filled me with nostalgia for New York in the 60's. I was there studying with the great acting teacher Sanford Meisner. I never got to hear Coltrane live. My jazz highlight from those years was Pharoah Sanders live @ SLUGS. Happy birthday John Coltrane.

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Oh Patti, such beautiful memories! Thank you.

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I'm a newcomer to Coltrane, and your endorsement is not to be ignored. I'm knocked out by the piano solo alone, in this piece. It's Spring time here, and already we've had the highest temperatures recorded since 1950s, and again unseasonal downpours of rain causing more flooding....this time in the South Island of Aotearoa. May your Autumn be more reasonable!

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Beautiful.... thank you.

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I am clearly not alone here in praise of this piece and have recommended to friends. U encapsulated the drive of a musician to glean the spiritual realm in our lifelong pursuit so weโ€™ll. Thank you!

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One of my most favorite pieces of his. It is hypnotic.

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Damn womanโ€ฆ You can sure write. Ever think of doing this professionally? Thank you for this glorious missive. You are - my muse.

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