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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 68–74.
Published: 01 September 1989
.... As reflected in his albums Let's Get It On (1973) and I Want You (1976) and in his hit single "Sexual Healing" (1982)1 part of his disenchantment was that he was literally possessed by the sensation of transcendence and escape that sexual ecstasy brought him. It was a hedonistic addition he attempted to give...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (2): 29–51.
Published: 01 September 1988
... for the group? Ruth: Well we kind of got together and worked them out. And I knew a lot of songs, so I'd bring up the song and we'd try to get the harmony on it. Q: Was there anybody in the group that was formally schooled in music? Ruth: No. Q: But you all had done quite a bit of singing in church? Ruth: Right...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 57–67.
Published: 01 September 1989
... in the effort to instill racial consciousness and pride in the souls of black folk. Martin Luther King, Jr., had inspired millions of black Americans to get up from their knees and march against social injustice. Stokely Carmichael and Floyd McKissick had propagated "Black Power," and Black Muslim Malcolm X had...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 81–88.
Published: 01 September 1994
... to the gospel. They were saying that they had to work hard to make it in. I'm glad we don't sing that anymore. I'm glad we've learned that it's not by our works Sing/ for God Has the Last Word 83 that we get into heaven. I'm glad we no longer say, "I'm climbing up the rough side of the mountain doing my best...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 206–217.
Published: 01 March 1992
... a little problem And misery's paying its dues, You can't get ahead laying in the bed, Get up and put on your shoes, Get up and move. Once again, the immediate focus of this ballad is the love relationship. It is the condition in which one is paralyzed over the perceived mistreatment by a lover who does...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 124–132.
Published: 01 September 1992
... to be settled in the present conflict is that of the status of minorities all over the world. This has caused a healthy wave of interest in a good many matters that were once thought to be taboo. Some few publishers are getting enough courage to bring out books and articles that would not have been tolerated...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 March 1993
... and he thought of Gideon and his band-there in Bible days-the 300 who kneeled down and "lapped water like a dog." He drank a little water to get the sense of it, and the movement functioned as a sort of communion ceremony. He could see them there by the River Jordan all on their knees; he could feel like...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 150–156.
Published: 01 September 1992
... was making his living in America that his (Ameri­ can) symphony could not be played by the conductor that season because it was necessary for him to get all nine of Beethoven's sym­ phonies onto his program and therefore there was no room for the American work. No one will dispute the fact that Beethoven's...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 215–231.
Published: 01 September 1992
... Americans and to get a substan­ tial education, so that we could compete on an equal basis with all other Americans. And speaking about parents and grandparents, let's recapitulate for a few minutes and recall what it was like to be a Negro musician then, and how far we have progressed. Looking at the past...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (2): 81–82.
Published: 01 September 1988
... and musicianship. Even presently the brief and unpretentious points are practically and spiritually instructive for music directors wishing for their choristers to "sing with the spirit (a) Unless there is music in one, it is hard to get it out with ever so much training; yet one does not know what he can do until...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 299–309.
Published: 01 March 1992
..., 287 George, Nelson, 203-4 Gershwin, George, 190 "Get Up and Move," 212-13 "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Ma- chine," 205 Gilded Age, The, 60 Gilkey, Langdon, 24 Gillespie, Dizzy, 162, 283 "Give More Power to the People," 287 Gladys Knight and the Pips," 285, 286 "God Is Love," 226 Goldsmith...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 55–67.
Published: 01 March 1992
... the line, "If you're white, you're all right." Big Bill, however, did not want that line to be taken literally. He hoped instead to show how foolish the idea was just by giving it a clear and direct statement. In reply to such misreadings as Jones's, Big Bill said: "That song doesn't tell the Negro to get...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 68–97.
Published: 01 March 1992
... Expression" in August Meier and E. M. Rudwick, The Mak· ing of Black America, 21 5. 5. Brown in Negro Caravan, 426. Blues: ASecular Spiritual 11 Ef you don't want me, baby, ain't got to carry no stall. I can get mo' women than a passenger train can haul. and a woman's with her man: Gonna build me a scaffold...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 75–103.
Published: 01 September 1995
... for service on that same day. In such circumstances the only hope was getting in touch with their champion and hero, John Henry. They ran to John Henry's shack and found him there snoring out his contentment under a fig tree, so they cast lots to see who would wake him up. When John Henry was finally shaken...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 14–21.
Published: 01 March 1989
... that helped runaway slaves get to Canada. Even more intriguing is that he chose to write of the railroad itself and its passengers, the topic of five pieces in Original Anti-Slavery Songs and ten more songs printed later. "The Fugitive in Montreal" and "The Little Maid on Her Way" tell stories from...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 56–61.
Published: 01 March 1993
... into nonacademic, noncollege courses, yet they require us to score high on the SAT exam to get into the best schools to qualify for the best jobs. What a tease. What a game. They impoverish our schools, keep teachers unhappy by paying low wages, they destroy our communities, infiltrate our streets with drugs...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 169–172.
Published: 01 September 1992
... in enterprises concern­ ing serious music, while it is only a small percentage of the millions of American Negroes who patronize serious music. Thus, if some white Americans were not generous to us, we would never get a chance to be heard. In illustration, some of the help I have received in starting...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 257–260.
Published: 01 September 1992
... they need thematic material for a new work. This is a helpful practice. Very often I have had the experience (as I understand many writers and other composers have had) of getting a theme after I've gone to bed at night. At such times it is always difficult to retain it long enough to put it on paper, so I...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 1988
... of the religious ethic of the pre-war genre, bluesman Sunnyland Slim pronounced: "If you want to do jazz. do jazz But you can't get jazzy with the blues." 7 Second, this theology for the blues proceeds from the premise that blues tell the truth; and that truth, as the highest value in blues, is the principle...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 60–67.
Published: 01 March 1991
... a discipline. Hammer studies, supports, and practices his discipline through such means as long rehearsals (especially for the dancers) and running a highly disciplined entourage. Hammer even uses spiritual imagery to describe this aspect of himself: "The music is in me, and I have to get it out. I'm...