Transcendent Trane

My friend Scott sent me this great video of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with typewriter-like musical notation. For whatever reason, the notes appearing on-screen remind me of emerging theological conversations – a complex string of notes (ideas) put together to make music, to be enojyed as beauty and truth in the moment.

Ultimately, music isn’t meant to be captured and studied like a lab animal. Nor, I would offer, is spirit. Both should be practiced and enojyed in the flow of the eternal present. And while certain elements of music, like theology, can be parsed and catalogued, the truly life-changing experience given by both music and spirit transcends rational understanding and touches a common place in us all – the shared ecclesia.

2 thoughts on “Transcendent Trane

  1. Great music is such a complex and mysterious equation. I remember what it sounded like to me, to hear Steve Vai’s guitar playing when I first discovered it. It sounded like a laser gun speaking an insane, alien language. It wasn’t fingers and frets and strings, it was magic. I used to go to the music store and see electric guitars hanging on the wall. I’d wonder how someone could make those kinds of sounds with one of those things. I didn’t even really know you needed an amp or what those did. I’d plunk the strings and spin the whammy bar, with no clue. Maybe music was better, back before I knew what I was listening to. Back when it went straight into my subconscious.

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