Peace on Earth and Good Will to All
When you begin to seethe possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people–John Coltrane
The John Coltrane House Philadelphia has chosen this well known statement of John Coltrane as a motto and guide. The desire to do good through music was the devotion of Coltrane’s career. And his music has certainly done that. I have heard and read numerous testimonies of how listening to Coltrane has brought people through rough patches in life, when otherwise they might not have made it or when hearing his music encouraged hope, inner strength, tranquility, revitalization, or illumination.
Although he achieved fame and prosperity during his lifetime, Coltrane chose to live simply, immersed in his cultural heritage but open to other cultures, keeping close with friends and family, never affecting celebrity. He, himself, was living testimony to the sincerity of his words. Coltrane demonstrated that it is possible to work for and achieve good while living in a world that is not.