What Song is the Soundtrack to Your Life?

What song is the soundtrack to your life?

For me, the answer is easy. It’s Blue Train by John Coltrane. Blue Train is the first track on side one of Coltrane’s Blue Train album, released in 1957. It’s 10 minutes and 43 seconds in length and it’s genre is Hard Bop, a style of jazz.

Everything about that tune screams who I am; my feelings and my emotions. In particular, Lee Morgan’s stellar Trumpet solo.

Morgan was murdered in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slugs’, a jazz club in New York City’s East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan’s common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him in the chest while he was onstage. He died within minutes. He was 33 years old.

List of Songs on the Blue Train Album

Side One

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Blue Train”   John Coltrane 10:43
2. “Moment’s Notice”   John Coltrane 9:10

 Side Two

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Locomotion”   John Coltrane 7:14
2. “I’m Old Fashioned”   Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern 7:58
3. “Lazy Bird”   John Coltrane 7:00

I suppose that my affinity for the song and that genre of music is based on propinquity. The album was recorded (Sept. 15, 1957) about 2 months after I was born. My childhood was rather jazz-like and beat-based. I always have been and probably always will be – like the music of John Coltrane – searching.

Da do-dee do dooooooooo…