Woke up this morning with this song playing in my mind and can’t get rid of it. Might as well put together a mix of various people a nd groups doing the song including Rev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir, The Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir and The St, James Mass Choir. This song is THE song used for processionals in black churches.
A holiday treat for all of you. The complete album of the gospel version of Handel’s Messiah that culminates in the Soulful Hallelujah. What better music to listen to while puttering around the kitchen cooking and baking and getting ready for gatherings of family and friends. (Seems I posted this on December 9th of last year, but it’s worth reposting!!!)
This song was a Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir staple during it’s four years before the choir became Joyful Voices of Inspiration.
The song is a staple of the black church and this is a wonderful live recording featuring Rev. Milton Biggham (founder of The Georgia Mass Choir) and Lillian Lily performing the solo leads. Those of you who know the song, sing along this morning. Those of you who don’t know it will pick it up in about 10 seconds.
Another great version of “Hold on to God’s Unchanging Hand”. This cut is from the “Volume 4 – Community Gospel” CD in the Smithsonian-Folkway “Wade in the Water” four CD collection. Not every song in this set enthralls me, but there are plenty of cuts across the 4 CDs that are unmatched. Follow the link and check out the whole series. You’re bound to find something you like!
Hold to God's Unchanging HandUnion Temple Baptist Church7:07
I don’t know why, but there seems to be a disproportionate number of great versions and arrangements (most of them uptempo) of the song “Do You Know Him” . I was originally going to dribble these four songs out over four consecutive days, but then I thought it would be harder for people to enjoy all four versions at one sitting (if you happen have a spare 20 minutes and are so inclined).
In the fall of 1999 when The Millennium Choir was first cobbled together (in anticipation of the new year 2000), this 1998 version by Hezekiah Walker was the first song we learned and we nailed it…what a sound that choir made on the vamp!!
So, today is a four-fer. Oh, and one parting question. Do you know Him??
Do You Know HimHezekiah Walker & The LFT Choir3:45
Do You Know HimKurt Carr And The Kurt Carr Singers4:24