When it really gets going, there is nothing as great as good old fashion gospel music. It’s not just a musical thing, of course. Though the folks involved are highly talented, it’s more a matter of faith.
The bottom line is that it is put over the top by pure spirit. It gets hold of folks and it is just great. Whether it’s the Ramones, The Pogues, Dave Brubeck or The Mississippi Mass Choir, isn’t the spirit the only thing that really matters, at the end of the day?
Many of the big stars of music, from Aretha to Johnny Cash, were steeped in church music. In its purest form, largely (but not fully) insulated from commercial concerns, it is even better.
The Choir, which has the motto “Serving God Through Song,” was started by Frank Williams, who was a member of The Jackson Southernaires and an executive in the gospel division of Malaco Records. The choir’s first record was recorded live in October, 1988 and was the top spiritual album in the country, five weeks after it was released the following spring, according to Billboard.
The monumental soloist in the videos above and below is Mosie Burks. SFGate said that she retired from a career with the South Central Bell Telephone Company to sing gospel full time.
I was going to headline this post “Kick out the jams, sayeth the Lord,” but thought it a bit disrespectful. But I can’t resist having it in here somewhere.
Above is “When I Rose This Morning” and below is “I’m Not Tired Yet.”