John Coltrane Characteristics

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94% of Americans value creativity in others (Kluger). Creativity and innovation are traits whose evidence in the most successful American companies and individuals of today and yesterday is obvious. And although not everyone is the next Franklin Roosevelt or Elon Musk, most Americans value and strive for the creative and innovative spirit which has produced success for those people and people like them. Considering this nation’s founding, its music, its culture, and those within it, such characteristics remain clear as collective values. These traits are things that connect us all as Americans; things that pervade this country despite differences in color, class, creed, or gender. Our cultural identity. Some of America’s largest companies…show more content…
When Coltrane was only 12 years old, his father, aunt, and grandparents all died in quick succession, leaving only his mother to take care of him. At 17, Coltrane begin playing the alto saxophone, and, after serving time in the Navy, people begin to take notice of his abilities. Eventually, in 1955, Coltrane joined Miles Davis and three other musicians to form what is known as the “First Great Quintet,” which released four successful albums in the span of around 18 months. However, Coltrane had yet to reach his full potential, suffering from addiction to alcohol and heroin for most of his life after serving in the Navy. Due to Coltrane’s violation of Davis’ rule barring the use of alcohol and narcotics, he was kicked out of the quintet. Determined to kick this habit, Coltrane went cold turkey, completely stopping his use of drugs, a decision which almost killed him. After moving past his addiction, Coltrane rejoined Miles Davis in a sextet, which, over two years, released several critically acclaimed records. Then, Coltrane left to lead his own band, releasing the album, Giant Steps. The album, which was entirely composed by Coltrane, was revolutionary, and within it, Coltrane used a technique for chord progressions which had never been used before, hence it being named a “Coltrane change.” Coltrane only continued to…show more content…
Roosevelt became president four years after the Great Depression had started, preceded by Herbert Hoover, a man who thought the Depression was just “a passing incident in our national lives. (New Deal)” Roosevelt’s approach to the issue was revolutionary, completely changing how the federal government interacts with the lives of Americans. He passed the Emergency Banking Act, helping to restore Americans’ faith in banks, and the National Industrial Recovery Act, allowing workers to unionize, as well as creating programs which employed the previously unemployed, stimulating the economy. Several New Deal programs still exist today, including Social Security and unemployment insurance. Roosevelt’s creative use of his power in the federal government helped to bring the country out of the worst financial crisis in its history while also setting a precedent for government taking more active roles in the lives of everyday Americans (New
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