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I Hear Music in the Air - Gospel 1

Artist Song
Sensational Nightengales  Morning Train 
The Caravans, feat. Cassietta George  Jesus and Me 
Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes  The Sign of Time 
Dixie Hummingbirds  Our Prayer for Peace 
Blind Willie Johnson  If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down 
Soul Stirrers, feat. Sam Cooke  Touch the Hem of His Garmet 
Bessie Griffin  Whosoever Will 
Chosen Gospel Singers, feat. Lou Rawls  Stay with Me Jesus 
Rev. J.M. Gates & Congregation  Down Here Lord Waiting on You 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight  Up Above My Head 
Meditation Songers  Ain't That Good News 
Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes  Wouldn't Mind Dying 
Golden Gate Quartet  Jezebel 
Mighty Clouds of Joy  Family Circle 
Pilgrim Jubilee Singers  Don't Let Him Down 
Swan Silvertones  He Won't Deny Me 
Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama  Coming Up Through the Years 
Staple Singers  Don't Knock 
Soul Stirrers, feat. Paul Foster  Sinner Run to Jesus 
Jackson Southernaires  How Long Will It Last 
Soul Stirrers, feat. Sam Cooke & Paul Foster  Be with Me Jesus 
Swan Silvertones  My Rock 
Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes  No Hiding Place 
Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama  Marching Up to Zion 
Inez Andrews  Don't Move that Mountain 
Edna Cook  Jesus Will Fix It 
The Gospelaires  I've Got It 
Mattie Moss Clark & the Southwest Michigan State Choir  Write My Name Above 


[a re-post of a mix lost in the ether. Beware the update function .....]
The music of the black church -- from the lone singer beating on an acoustic guitar, to the call and response of a preacher and his congregation, to the silky-smooth harmonies of the quartet, to the full-throated roar of a choir -- is sublime, exalted, glorious, joyous, uplifting, ecstatic music, ministering to the spiritual element that lurks in each of us.
Black gospel music grew out of the field hollers and slave spirituals, and added the rhythms of the blues and early jazz. Later, gospel and its secular cousin, the blues (a/k/a "the devil's music"), combined to give birth to R&B. Just ask Ray Charles, who once said he sang church music, merely changing "God" to "baby" in his lyrics. Gospel music is the direct progenitor of soul music. Many of the soul stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s came straight out of the church. You can hear Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls in this mix. A few of the many others who started singing in church are: Aretha Franklin, Hank Ballard, Etta James, Martha Reeves, Ben E. King, Jerry Butler, and Curtis Mayfield. The Staple Singers, Solomon Burke, and Al Green gravitated back and forth between sacred and secular music throughout their careers. And to carry on the family tree, when R&B and country music (which had its own spiritual tradition) began to cohabitate, they gave birth to rock and roll.
But there's something in this music beyond the purely historical or musicological -- something visceral. This is music that will grab you by the yingyang, pull you up out of your chair, get your feet moving, your body swaying, and your face smiling. Is it God? Jesus? the Holy Spirit? That's what they're all singing about. Or is it the human spirit, blissed out on a musical and communal high and reaching out to share the joy with kindred human spirits? Or is it the message of hope -- the pure, unadulterated, no-matter-how-bad-it-gets-there's-better-times-a-comin' optimism? That's certainly a message that transcends religious and denominational boundaries -- and one we can all use every now and again. I'll let everyone draw their own conclusions. All I know is that this is some of the most powerful and joyous music there is, whether you believe in God, gods, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, the Beatles, Zimmerman, or some or none of the above. I listen to it whenever I need an injection of love ... of joy .... of pure bliss. "Up above my head/ I hear music in the air....."!


p the swede
Date: 4/15/2004
still a smashin' one
Date: 4/15/2004
Ditto P! beware the UPDATE BUTTON INDEED!
Date: 4/16/2004
This is wonderful. Very nice mix.
Date: 4/16/2004
This looks fantastic. I've been rockin' out to Sister Rosetta Tharpe a lot lately - nice to see her show up here.
Date: 4/16/2004
just as superb second time around!
Date: 4/16/2004
Still glorious. Thank the lord for it's resurrection.
Paula S.
Date: 3/31/2005
How can I listen to this? These are some of my favourite artists and songs. My heart swells just reading the list.

Paula Stratton