I’m structured with my writing, to the point where I can start a project and meet a deadline (98% of the time). But my process is all over the place. I listen to music to quiet the noise that distracts me from writing, if that makes sense. But not just any music. My style is more jazz than classical.
Geoffrey Gallante said this about jazz: “It’s easy to express your emotions. In classical, … you get the sheet music, and you read it top to bottom. You’re more focused on technically making it perfect … In jazz, your main focus is … being creative and using your imagination.” My love for jazz is tied to my marriage. We played Mo’ Better Blues for our recessional song. I listen to the greats, but no jazz artist means more to me than John Coltrane.
In 1957, Coltrane was lost after Miles Davis fired him. So he went on a spiritual journey of discovery. What happened next changed the landscape of jazz forever. Coltrane delivered his greatest masterpiece, “A Love Supreme.” The brilliance of that piece came when Coltrane continued to change the key of the motif. Jazz scholar and pianist, Dr. Lewis Porter said, “This is something very unusual. It’s not the way he usually improvises. It’s not really improvised. It’s something that he’s doing. And if you actually follow it through, he ends up playing this little ‘Love Supreme’ theme in all 12 possible keys. Now he’s saying it’s everywhere. Anywhere you look, you’re going to find this ‘Love Supreme.’”
His spiritual journey took him back to God and allowed him to share a universal love. “A Love Supreme” was Coltrane’s spiritual ode to God. He finally understood that his love for music didn’t start with himself. You can improvise the music, but you can’t improvise its source.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
1 John 4:7a
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.
Pastor Chris Brown said, “Love has a source and an example, and it is not us.” Understanding that love is God changes the way you live life. It changes how you see yourself and opens your eyes to what you have to offer. Knowing the source of love is the ending needed for your new beginning.
John Coltrane said it best in a poem that was taken from the liner notes of his musical piece:
“A Love Supreme”
… No matter what … it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, thoughts, fears, and emotions—time—all related … all made from one … all made in one.
Blessed be his name.
Thought wave—heat waves—all vibrations—all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way … it is so lovely … it is gracious. It is merciful. …
His way is in love, through which we all are. It is truly “A LOVE SUPREME.”
Why do you love God? Do you truly know what God has done for you?
Study your Bible to know the source of love and understand what God has sacrificed for you.
Have someone more knowledgeable walk through Scriptures with you.
Live life with other Christians by joining small groups.
Father God, I often align you with the things in my life that I love without remembering I have these things because of your love. My family, my health, and my possibilities are because of you. I’ll respect and appreciate everything more if I take the opportunity to recognize that you are LOVE each day. Thank you for all that I am. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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