Posts Tagged ‘Music’


By Vernalee
“The Lord will make a way somehow; Amazing Grace; Precious Lord; There will be a brighter day ahead; What a friend we have in Jesus; Wade in the Water; Yes, Jesus loves me” are those old school spirituals that we have sung for years.
Harmonized with or without music, the old school gospel songs manage to hit a note in our souls. The naturalness of A Capella harmony is soothing as your body rocks from side to side.
Music is universal. It unites people of all races and religions. Its powers of penetration should never be taken for granted or underestimated. It is a wholesome and stimulating form of worship.
As King David was an accomplished harpist, The Book of Psalms is a collection of songs; words of praises put to music. Amazingly and subconsciously, we rely upon songs to get us through hard times or simply through the day.
The old fashioned gospels are the songs that I heard my Mother singing while she cooked. Those are the songs that Black folks sang in the cotton fields in Mississippi making $2.00 a day.
From the days of slavery, songs and worship were the only form of freedom that we had. Some of the singers’ voices of old were so powerfully regal that they could make the pews rock and blow the roofs off of those old wooden church houses. Old fashioned gospel songs lyrically carried historical memories and significance. Some of which are reminders of “places” that we wish not to return. These songs however did “get us over!”
As old as the lyrics are, when we sing them today, their freshness reflective to everyday life still uplift us; motivate us; and make our battles easier because of our faith and belief in God. Oh yes, when we lift our voices to The Lord; to the heavens, it is a validation as a contemporary tune harmonizes, “There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.” “Give me that old time religion. It was good enough for my Mother, my Daddy … It is good enough for me!”
Praising God is timeless. When we get the spirit, day or night – no matter where we are, we can sing about God’s wonderfulness and wonderfully sing praises to him! Happy Sunday! God bless!
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By Vernalee
April 21 at 10:07 a.m., a musical icon whose depth in music and love for life left this earth. The legendary Prince Rogers Nelson is gone! A creative genius, a singer, a dancer, a musician, a writer, a producer, an actor, a businessman who fought to obtain control of his music & destiny, and above all a caring human being, Prince did it all, and he did it well! I share with you my story of Prince. Perhaps, twenty years ago, my sister Barbara and I went to a concert a CSU’s Wolstein Center. Appearing was Larry Graham, Chaka Khan, and Prince. Now, truth be told, I really went to hear that “One in a million” baritone voiced Larry Graham. He and Chaka opened for Prince. Incredible performances they showcased. Who I initially went to see and who I left memorably in awe and deep admiration for was Prince. I distinctively remember his electrifying performance. He played and danced atop of a shiny white baby grand piano; played drums with a bandana tied across his head; picked his guitar Jimi Hendrix’s style; sang his heart out with a voice that crossed many octave ranges, and showed up and showed out as I, my sister, and the entire audience loved every minute of it. After that concert, I became an eternal fan joining my niece Sharon who had loved and followed Prince since his first hit.
Nominated for 30 Grammy awards, winner of 7; winner of the covenant Academy Award for his musical score, Purple Rain; creator of 5 number one singles; winner of Billboard Awards, and countless others; creator of 39 albums and 140 videos, there was nothing musically that he couldn’t do.
Music is universal and probably the best medium that connects people of all cultures, races, generations, and ages. Prince did just that! He crossed those lines as he touched many, many lives; which is why we feel as if we individually and personally knew him; which is why our grief is so personal.
There are so many Prince tunes that were my favorites.
“Let’s Go Crazy,”
“Raspberry Beret,”
“U Got the Look,”
“Purple Rain,”
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,”
“Sign ‘O’ the Times,”
“Little Red Corvette,”
“I Wanna be your lover”,
“Diamonds and Pearls,” … The list goes on!
A man who stood only 5’2″ was a giant musically and humanistically.
It is reported that a rainbow appeared around his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota upon the pronouncement of his death.
Today, as we mourn our Purple Rain genius, we are left with an emptiness, a sadness, and a memory that is symbolically reminiscent of what it sounds like “When Doves Cry!”
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