Heard this song while driving in my car yesterday and it caught me in a way I didn’t recall. Maybe I was feeling humbled and grateful that Joyful Voices had been asked to sing with Barry Manilow this evening; maybe it was for all the other many wonderful ways my life has been blessed. Whatever it was, I found myself singing, “For everything, Lord I thank you. For Everything, Lord I give you the praise.” with renewed meaning and gratitude.
Lord We Give You The PraiseDr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church Of Prayer Choir5:02
So, today finds me in update New York while I attend a 4 day gospel music workshop with my great niece who goes to St. Lawrence University here in Canton NY and who sings in the school’s gospel choir. Last night was the first of 4 rehearsals which will culminate in a concert Saturday evening in the performing arts center at St. Lawrence. There will be over 100 voices, a 7/8 piece band and the directors are remarkable. The school’s Asst. Chaplin directs the choir and the band leader and co-director and one of THREE keyboardists is one Mario Vaughn a musician with The Chicago Mass Choir.
At any rate, this is one of the songs from the repertoire, Hezekiah Walker’s latest, hugely popular song, “Better” (Think “Every Praise“). Like almost all Hezekiah songs, its remarkably simple and HIGHLY infectious…I’ll give you an earworm warning right now.
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”.
Worship And AdoreBobby Jones & New Life2:56
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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
Okay…all week long I have had a terrible, lasting, case of “ear worm” caused by editing the rehearsal tracks for a new song Joyful Voices is learning, Israel Houghton’s “All Around” from 2004.
So, I thought I’d post the song and try to find out from my listeners (all 20 of you!!!) if this song really is all that catchy, or whether my ear worm is just related to me listening to the song as much as I did while editing the rehearsal tracks.
Let me know if this song has any effect on you. I love it!
Here is a praise and worship song with a nice reggae/Caribbean vibe to it from Boston’s own Freda Battle. It was written by Herb Jones, a well known gospel music figure in the Boston area. I believe Herb is Minister of Music at Sharon Molden’s church in Brockton. Many years ago when JVOI was between permanent directors, Herb came to be a “guest director” for an rehearsal and it was a most memorable evening. He is a great musician, teacher, writer/composer and a wonderful person. I believe JVOI might have sung this under James Early’s direction; it sounds soooo familiar.
As I’ve told you many times before, I’m a sucker for children’s choirs, and this is a great example why. This is an offering for the Church of God in Christ (GOGIC) International Children’s Choir, and, for those that don’t know by now, COGIC takes their gospel music very seriously. This might be a “childrens” choir, but they are perfectly rehearsed and all-pro in every way.
The Highest PraiseChurch of God in Christ International Children's Choir4:42
A familiar contemporary praise and worship song with a great Caribbean/island beat. Wonderfully simple and straight forward…throw in a little Spanish for variety and modulate a few times and that’s all you need!
The Heritage Christian Center is a christian “mega-church” in Aurora Colorado. (Complete with valet parking and a Starbuck’s Cafe in the “lobby” of the church!)
Te Alabamos (Oh, Lord We Praise You)Bishop Leonard and The Heritage Christian Center Mass Choir4:33