Martin Luther King Day – 2017

Today is a two-fer day.

First, one of the best songs I know to honor Dr. King from one of America’s greatest singer/songwriters ever; James Taylor. This version, performed last MLK Day in Washington DC was posted on James Taylor’s website with his simple comment “One of the best covers of, ‘Shed a Little Light’ that I’ve heard.”  He should know.

 

 

and secondly an offering from The Southeast Inspirational Choir (My Liberty), titled “You Made The Difference”. Yes, it is written in reference to God, but it isn’t hard to turn it around to apply to Dr. King, for surely he did make a big difference.

 

  1. You Made The Difference Southeast Inspirational Choir 4:58

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Worship and Adore

This song still brings  a smile to my face every time I hear it…the opening chords are forever etched in my mind as the intro to “Bobby Jones Gospel” that run of Sunday nights on BET in the starting in the early 80’s. The 30 second intro clip of this song was accompanied by a fairly poor quality aerial video of Nashville as a helicopter turns and does a dive descent to follow the Cumberland River into the heart of town while a voice over said “From Nashville, the gospel capital of the world, it’s Bobby Jones Gospel”.

 

  1. Worship And Adore Bobby Jones & New Life 2:56

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I was really addicted to “Bobby Jones Gospel” and after first seeing it, began taking notes on the artists that appeared so I could hunt down their music on cassette tape. I’d wait for the next show all week long and was finally rewarded when I heard the opening chords to “Worship and Adore”.

Bobby Jones had a super band that played live each week; Ralph Lofton on keyboards, Robert Lee “Pops” Popwell on bass, director Derrick Lee on keyboard, and a great white funky guitarist named Jim Long who attended Berklee before heading to Nashville to find his fame and fortune in the gospel music world.  He also had a great group of singers…usually a quartet called “New Life” who are the singers on this track.

“Bobby Jones Gospel” in various forms, ran for 35 years on BET and aired its last episode last year in July 2016

Enjoy!!

I Am Redeemed

…and if you are NOT yet redeemed, these two pieces surely WILL get ya there.

The organist in these two videos, Mose Tyson, made this comment to go with the videos:

I was just playing around and started singing “I Am Redeemed”. I am AMAZED at how people love this video because anybody who knows me can tell you that I was HAVING FUN. I was playing around. THANK GOD!!!

THIS MUSIC IS JUST THE BEST!!! (RLS)

 

 

 

And if you liked those, you’ll LOVE this YouTube Video Mix of 39 pieces by
Mose Tyson.

Step Aside

Get outta the way.  Step back and let God do it.

Hold on, don’t give up. Don’t you worry, you don’t have to cry.
‘Cause God sees, He sees what you’re going through oh yes he does.
God is willing, and he’s able; this didn’t catch Him by surprise.
So, if you would,
just trust Him and step aside.

I just love the way the song ramps up starting at 2:16…

 

  1. Step Aside 4:07

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and because I can’t get enough of that last part, I made myself a file of Yolanda Adams doing the end of HER version of Step Aside. I can listen to THIS over and over and over…I’m not sure why I get so into this…but I do!

 

  1. Step Aside - End 2X Yolanda Adams 3:12

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Happy New Year

Could 2017 Be The End??

Over the past 13 months I have posted almost 700 gospel songs to the Blog and the streaming audio player. iTunes tells me I have 1,531 gospel songs in total, but many of them are snippets, rehearsal tracks, not so great tracks that only I might appreciate, etc….unusable songs…so, in actually I might have only about 1,200 good, post-able songs in at most.

Soooo…I might exhaust my supply sometime in 2017 if I keep posting at the same rate I have been. I could reach the end sometime in the coming year.

I KNOW what you’re thinking and feeling as a result of this shocking news, so I’m including a special bonus track that certainly will speak directly to your sense of impending loss.  (If you’re not familiar with this rock gem from 1967, wait at least until the vocals start at 0:33…then you can turn it off! (Hey man, that intro is far out man, like pschyodelic, ya know??? )

 

  1. Baby Please Don't Go 5:39

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Don’t Give Up Now

I find this song interesting because a.) the soloist/vocalist doesn’t really have a lovely voice and b.) the song isn’t all that special, but nonetheless I found myself really moved by it every time I listen to it. The choir doesn’t bill itself as a youth choir, and it’s not, but the high voices sue make it sound like one.  A diamond in the rough one might say.

 

  1. Don't Give Up Now Steven Daniels and The Shiloh Gospel Choir 4:19

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Happy a fun, safe New Year’s weekend, and I’ll be back with more next year.

This Is A Wake-Up Call

This should start your day off right…or Wright, as the case may be.

An excerpt from Timothy Wright’s “Who’s On The Lord Side”. This is from the part where they ask those in the audience who are “on the Lord’s side” to GET UP!!!

 

  1. Who's On The Lord's Side (Get Up Excerpt) Rev. Timothy Wright 1:02

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He Shall Hide Me

Today’s offering is from the remarkably talented and energetic, Ricky Dillard and his New Generation Chorale.

 

  1. He Shall Hide Me Ricky Dillard and The New Generation Chorale 6:49

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Twinkie’s Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me

I LOVE The Clark Sisters. And I REALLY love it when Twinkie just plays her B3.

 

  1. Twinkie's Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me The Clark Sisters 10:06

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Today’s post is a two song mash up I made that starts off with Twinkie on the B3 playing a riff she calls “High Place”…a piece of B3 organ music that really does take me to a very high place. I love the chord progressions starting around 2:05.  This is followed by the entire group of Clark Sisters performing their song “Endow Me” live in Charlotte North Carolina (Yup, props to NC DP and Dana!).

Have a blessed day.

There’s No Greater Love

One doesn’t hear much about Helen Baylor, but she is a gifted gospel singer and I really like her contemporary songs. In the 90’s she put out several successful albums.

 

  1. There's No Greater Love Helen Baylor 5:11

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In the “EVERYONE HAS A STORY” department, Helen has a good one. Breifly…she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At age 11 she moved to Los Angeles as her Dad had been transferred. There she first performed as a nightclub act. She is one of seven kids, she has five brothers and one other sister. At age sixteen she had her first child.

Baylor opened for Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King while still in her teens, and performed in the musical Hair. She began using marijuana and pain pills. Before going on tour with Chaka Khan she began dating the lighting director who was also a drug dealer. They moved in together and she had all the cocaine she wanted. Together they quit and found God. In 1982 she happily married her former cocaine dealer: James Baylor.