“My Favorite Things” by John Coltrane


It’s not exactly a cover song. It starts that way, McCoy Tyner’s chords setting the key, then Coltrane’s weird soprano saxophone with the melody you can still sing the lyrics to, and after two verse lines, you’re lost entirely, it explodes out, gets close, veers off again, Elvin Jones is holding down the beat with understated precision, a song that lasts less than three minutes in the Julie Andrews version is now spiraling off toward fourteen and you haven’t even noticed because Tyner’s vamping with such ease, and did Coltrane leave the studio?, but he trills back in about halfway through, drops one melody line before completely woodshedding, and only when the song is almost over, just a minute and a half left, does the band finally close down the melody the way the Rodgers & Hammerstein version ends. Where does the time go: outward.

-Carl Schlachte

cs-bio picCarl Schlachte lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches English, writes poems, and is a co-editor of A Perimeter. He is the letterpress typemaster & development apprentice at Ugly Duckling Presse.

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