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After The Rain

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Earlier today during the rain I went picking Cortland apples. All throughout this rainy autumn day one of my favorite mellow songs has been playing in my mind: After The Rain by John Coltrane. There is something so soulful, serene and restful about this ballad...it just smooths out anything and everything that may be going on for me.

Coltrane can be so frenetic and jarring with avant garde squonks and beeps and his famous "sheets of sound" approach to his sax, but yet on a ballad, backed by his sparse trio of piano (masterful McCoy Tyner), bass and drums, Coltrane just blows such peace, serenity and body and soul through his tenor sax...

This song is suitable as a lullaby, as a meditative reflection, as a pause to soak up life and the world about us, to reassure that all will be well. I know it so well that I suspect if I were to sing the melody along with what I hear in my head I would be right on key with the recording.

It's available at Amazon for an 89 cent mp3 download and invite anyone to treat yourself to such a lovely musical meditation:


Enjoy your autumn everyone...


PS...a bonus song along the same line: Half the Perfect World by Madeline Peyroux...a VERY talented female vocalist, 99 cents at Amazon:

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    Thanks, Don. I'm going to listen!
    3125 days ago
    I've been listening to some old favorites myself, lately.
    Turning Toward the Morning by Bok, Muir & Trickett, The Feet of a Dancer by O'Connel, and Ranchers Lullaby by Neal and Leandra.
    Thanks for reminding me of 'After the Rain'. Coltrane has such a wonderful range.
    Good music makes such a difference.
    Not on my 'hard core cardio', but sometimes I'm hiking up steep hills, or doing long, slow stretches, and need the switch down.

    3131 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    yes............very nice thanks for sharing.....................have a great week...........blessings and hugs.................lita
    3131 days ago
    Thanks, very mellow.
    3131 days ago
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