A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
via Ingrid LaFleur
A sunny Sunday
Inside our house
The first and last house of which my family shared before the divorce
My dad would play this record over and over
He would be walking around or reading in the library
It was a sizeable house next to a golf course
and we had a great art collection
Throughout the house there were paintings of Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, a collage of things
Enjoying the calmness and the beauty
But the one thing that stands out the most is the sunshine
Just a lot of sunshine
My parent separated when I was 8
So I don’t have that many memories of being whole and happy
That house was when they separated
It’s interesting to me that I’ve done artwork revolving around Alice Coltrane. I was never introduced to her by my father even though she is from Detroit, but its like I have expanded my experience with John Coltrane on my own as I hold her very dear to my heart.
Whenever I miss my father I listen to John Coltrane, Miles Davis or a number of particular mixes. Whenever I hear Pat Methany Michael Frank, Michael Caine it sends me into a state of remembering our weekend drives to galleries, exhibitions, museums, restaurants. He was a renaissance man and really loved the American classic style. We spent a lot of time in the car. Even Sade as I had the task of putting on a record at dinnertime. Those moments. Yeah those moments, they were really nice.
Ingrid LaFleur is a curator, artist, pleasure activist and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies and modes of government.
The Afrofutures Strategy Institute