Not EVERY song from a genius is an absolute winner. Case in point, “All I Have Is Yours” written by Richard Smallwood in 1982. Although clearly “contemporary gospel”, it seems Smallwood was trying his hand at trying to crossover into either the pop or disco market…or both, with this song. Not necessarily one of my favorites, but worth posting for what it is.
My annual re-post of a wonderful 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 re-post this every year, but it’s the best…and it’s really the only version of The Messiah I know! Ooops…I know, I’m a cultural troglodyte! Oh well )
Have a wonderful day!!
P.S. I’m off to Quebec City for the holidays today, so I’m “pre-posting” about a weeks worth of posts so I don’t have to remember to do it every day while I’m away. I’ll resume LIVE postings on the 29th. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT! R.L.
Last night at rehearsal we re-visited Kirk Franklin & The Family’s song “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season”. As I listen to the original recording just now, I couldn’t help but think it reminded me a lot of another Kirk Franklin song he recorded with “God’s Property” titled “You Are The Only One”. “All the young people driving down the street in your Jeeps, I want you to pump this up real loud so the neighborhood can hear ya, so it can be one time for your holy mind”
So today I offer up a two-fer. Enjoy!!!
You Are The Only OneKirk Franklin and God's Property6:47
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Jesus Is The Reason For The SeasonKirk Franklin & The Family5:46
A nice example of the old gospel “quartet” sound from Harvey Watkins and The Canton Spirituals. They are joined on this recording by to other famous singers, Doug and Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers.
It's In My HeartHarvey Watkins and The Canton Spirituals6:29
Today’s selection is from Detriot’s fabulous, progressive gospel group, The Winans. Alway’s pushing the envelope of contemporary gospel and fusing it with the secular sounds of The Motor City, The Winans always had a great, unique sound and style with voices that harmonized beautifully.
Rance Allen probably has the most unique voice in gospel. Well…after the late, great James Moore maybe. Rance had slipped into virtual obscurity when Kirk Frankin sought him out to record a version of “Something About The Name Jesus“. Allen’s performance on the song introduced his unique style to a whole new generation and his career re-bloomed.
Another masterpiece from Richard Smallwood and his gifted vocal group “Vision”. This song brilliantly moves from contemporary to semi-classical and back again, and as always, the vocal dynamics are beyond compare.