John Coltrane included the following words in the liner notes to 'A Love Supreme': “Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen.” Whatever God means to you: here is a collection of music seeking that which is beyond this mortal coil.
“Armenian sacred music recorded in a prince’s tomb that was built 3rd Century AD. Note the reverb in the recording of the notes reverberating on the walls of the tomb. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity and this music is the origins of Christian European religious music as we know it.”
“I believed in myself more than anything. And, I suppose in a way, that's also believing in God. If there is a God and He made you, then if you believe in yourself, you're also believing in Him. So I think everybody should believe in himself. That doesn't mean you've got to believe in heaven and hell and all that stuff. But it does mean that what you are and what you do is your religion. I can't express myself in easy conversation—the words just don't come out right. But when I get up on stage—well, that's my whole life. That's my religion. My music is electric church music, if by 'church' you mean 'religion', I am electric religion.”
“Following immense immediate success at the beginning of her career, Aretha Franklin recorded an album performing the gospel music of her childhood, at the church where she grew up, where her father was the Reverend, in order to ‘return to her roots’. The intensity of the performance is audible and specifically visible in the footage as she cried. Brief research will yield the horrific acts she suffered and survived at a young age. Who knows what Aretha was exactly feeling or crying about. Whatever it is, it's indisputably deeply spiritual - the catharsis confronting.”