The last few days have been hard. Mavis Staples has been restoring my soul. As a devoted Stax fan, I know the music of The Staples Singers pretty well. But what are some other gospel and/or soul tracks from the 20th century Civil Rights movement that are rich with hope and strength? [more inside]
My current project involves a little research into gospel music history, how it influenced rock and other genres, and musicians who crossed over from gospel to rock (like Sam Cooke). Can anyone help me out with any part of that? It would be difficult to acquire a book right now, so online reading is best. Have read some articles but still looking for something substantial.
When I was very young I slept next to my parents' room. Every night they listened to an album of Gospel music. It was an Englishman with a piano. He would tell the story of an old hymn and then sing it. I seem to remember "It Is Well" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." It's possible the singer was someone who traveled between churches in the 1970s?
Hi Mary Mary performed on Good Morning America today and sang a medley. The second song that was sung had these lyrics in them..........so I'm singing alleluiah, I'm not what I used to be........ I looked online and cannot find the name of this gospel song. Thank you. Lynn
I'm looking for a CD or a song DL for, what was described for my mother as, "Prayer/song (Prayer of St. Francis, Where there is Peace, etc.) sung by the Harlem Choir (New York)." [more inside]
I once went through a phase listening to all of the Thompkins Square, Numero Group, etc. gospel compilation albums, and I heard a song that had an awesome guitar part. I composed my own song around it, but now I'd really like to hear the original. I lost most of my music in a hard drive crash and now I can't for the life of me find the song. I think it's called "God Is a Good God" but I can't be sure [more inside]
Working out how race factors in in this particular question I'm thinking about - details inside. [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite gospel artists, records, and compilations. My particular likes are inside. [more inside]
I want deep, soulful music. Please help me find more songs like my examples! [more inside]
Playlist-filter. I've been listening to this song on repeat and I want more like it. Spooky-southern-gospel-rock type stuff. I know there are some ghost-story songs out there that would apply. Delta Rae - Bottom of the River
I'm reading Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington and am very curious about the music in Southern rural Holiness churches -- the electric, ecstatic, kind. Aside from some amazing clips on YouTube, I haven't been able to find much of it to listen to. I'm hoping for recommendations of albums or complications of that type of music.
On the muzak where I work, which is actual Muzak brand muzak, there is a soul channel that sometimes plays a version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" that is simply amazing. It's a female vocalist, sounds like Aretha Franklin, may be her, but I can't seem to find a matching version online. [more inside]
New York City MeFi: As a Canadian, I've watched a lot of American media. And from this media, I've become really interested in attending a (stereotypical) "American black church" service. It's stuck out to me as something really unique, something very Americana, and I would really like to be a part of it, at least once. (As for what I mean exactly by "stereotypical American black church", I'm don't quite know the precise words -- black gospel? Southern? Baptist? Additionally - if possible, I would love to witness the "whooping" style of preaching.) [more inside]
ScriptureFilter: I recall there being a passage in one of the gospels which states quite clearly and unambiguously that building and attending physical churches was not the proper way to worship. I believe it also said something about the only true church being the one we build in our hearts. I have been looking for this passage for the past few days and have been unable to find it. Did I imagine it? [more inside]
What are the most memorable or significant stories about Jesus? [more inside]
I've fallen in love with this song sung on A Praire Home Companion (starts around 0:26:36). Can ya'll give me some suggestions as to similar tunes? [more inside]
I'm looking for music that features I can best describe as "swelling gospel choirs". The Autotune The News guys do a great pastiche of the style... the elements that jump out at me being the call and response and the introduction of melodic theme that's later repeated with far more voices in major key and occasionally jazz-inflected harmony (the refrain "Made in america!" towards the end is a perfect example). Some other exemplary tracks: Fired Up, All These Things That I Have Done, Souled Out, Get By. Is there some ur-gospel group that these artists are drawing from? I'm especially interested in acapella tracks, or those with minimal accompaniment, or those that sample acapella tracks.
What technology would have been available to Biblical census-takers? [more inside]
Help me remember this folk/bluegrass/gospel song! [more inside]
Can anybody recommend some traditional black gospel recordings? [more inside]
Tell me of your favorite hip hop joints that feature a gospel style chorus. [more inside]
Bass Gospel Vocalist: Gospel. Recent Public Radio Interview? [more inside]
Growing up a white boy in a white Oklahoma church, we always had some small influence of the Gospel tradition, but always sanitized for the white tradition of our past. But when I listen to the old Black spirituals, it affects me like nothing in the Baptist church I grew up with: a sense of the spiritual and the passion that I never felt in my choirs. But where should I start to learn the basics?
One dark and stormy Sunday morning, I heard a gospel song about a woman in the Lockerbie plane crash on the radio... [more inside]
[SchoolOfRockFilter] I'm teaching an EFL class of four high school students in rural Taiwan. There's a reading on music history about early African-American musical idioms (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz). It's TERRIBLY dull reading, especially considering names like Duke Ellington and Ma Rainey mean absolutely nothing to them. To liven it up a bit, I'd like to make a mix CD with 5-6 songs, print up the lyrics, and teach them that. What songs would you suggest? [more inside]
Songfilter: "Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus. Hallelujah." [more inside]