The Writer's Almanac from Saturday, September 23, 2017 “This Moment” by Eavan Boland from In a Time of Violence. © Norton, 1994. ORIGINAL TEXT AND AUDIO - 2017 It's the birthday of John Coltrane, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (1926). When asked to describe his style, he said, "I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once." He played with Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis before forming his own quartet in 1961. He quit drugs cold turkey after Davis fired him for falling asleep on stage, and he said the month he locked himself in an empty room was a spiritual awakening for him; he asked God for "the means and the privilege" to play music for people and make them happy.
THANKS FOR THE STORY ON COLTRANE'S REVIVAL. HE WAS RESURRECTED WHEN HE HIT BOTTOM, ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS. HE CONTINUED TO SHARE HIS COOL JAZZ WITH THE WORLD AT-LARGE. SAD TO SAY THAT RESURRECTION WAS NOT IN PLACE FOR SO MANY.
I believe Bruce Springsteen was born in 1949 and is 74 this year.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. He's 74.
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