sounds of Detroit
Pastor Marvin Winans (Perfecting Church, Detroit) and Perfecting Praise Choir, live, Toronto, 2011
this morning, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)
No more Vacation!
Term of Light this Day begun!
Failless as the fair rotation
Of the Seasons and the Sun –
Old the Grace, but new the Subjects –
Old, indeed, the East,
Yet upon His Purple Programme
Every Dawn, is first.
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 942 (Franklin)
I want you all to know I’m not going to stop singing when I die.
—Robert Blair (1930-2001)
Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, “Sing with the Angels”
Live, Rocky Mount, N.C.
“Jesus Will Fix It”
Lee Williams, live
Al Green, live, Tokyo, 1987
gospel, n., adj. Good news.
Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), “Amazing Grace” (lyrics by John Newton, 1725-1807), live
Charley (AKA “Charlie”) Patton (c. 1881-1934), “Some Happy Day,” 1929
SOME HAPPY DAY
Some day, some happy day, from sin set free
I’ll live with Christ for ages, some day, some day
My trials will fewer be, some day, some day
When I shall have eternal home, some day, some day
Some day I’ll be in the entrance here, some day, some day
Adapted by Patton from “Some Day”, words by J. Graydon Hall, music by H. E. Barnett (Courtesy of YouTube)
“Surely I Will,” AKA “I’m Bound for Mt. Zion”
Voices of Faith
Margaret Allison & The Angelic Gospel Singers, live, Birmingham, Ala., 1997
Martha Carol Giese, live
reaches the cellar . . .
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)