Words are not just words
they are kisses
on the lips of silence
that speak of your essence

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Naima is a ballad that's so slow and reverential that it seems to stand still, suspended in mid air. Written as a love letter to his first wife, Naima, the song was Coltrane's favorite composition. "The tune is built on suspended chords over an E-flat pedal tone on the outside," Coltrane told Nat Hentoff for the album's original liner notes. "On the inside—the channel—the chords are suspended over a B-flat pedal tone."
Hentoff continues in the notes:

"There is a 'cry'—not at all necessarily a despairing one—in the work of the best of the jazz players. It represents a man's being in thorough contact with his feelings, and being able to let them out, and that 'cry' Coltrane certainly has."

Coltrane met Naima Grubb in 1953...

More about Naima and Coltrane
N ew day
A n old tune
I  fly
M iles
A way


Kittie Howard said...

When Coltrane's fingers massaged the sax one's sould lifted with the notes, free to fly far away and return wiser. OH, what a great, great muscian!!

Migue said...

:) Thanks to share.
Nice what you did with the letters :).

Jean Francois said...

N ul ne voit
A u-delà la montagne.
I l est long le chemin,
M agnifique et lumineux,
A u coeur, il nous mène.

Diane said...

Thank you Vesna! It resonates and the romantic history only adds to the warmth. The photos are wonderful as well!

Rosa said...

Really romantic and full of feelings, Vesna! Wonderful music, full of passion. And nice "acrostic", like my daughter would say. :))
Happy mother's day to you, my romantic friend. :)