In 1963 John Coltrane released the album “Live at Birdland”. The album featured the track “Alabama” which wasn’t really recorded at the live club date, and it really doesn’t matter if it was. The track was a reflection on the tragic bombing of a civil rights activity that killed 3 innocent school girls earlier that year. The composition is haunting, beautiful, and filled with both hope and sadness.
Tonight while thinking about the senseless tragedy that took place in Connecticut today, I thought of this wonderful Coltrane piece. My heart goes out to all the families in Sandy Hook tonight. I can’t imagine what you are feeling. This composition, by Coltrane feels like an appropriate score to such a horrible and heartbreaking tragedy that overtook all of us today. Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Connecticut.