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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 113–116.
Published: 01 September 1994
...Irene V. Jackson-Brown Walter F. Pitts , Jr. Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African Diaspora . New York : Oxford University Press , 1993 . 199 pp. Copyright © 1994 by Duke University Press 1994 Book Reviews 113 Walter F. Pitts, Jr. Old Ship of Zion: The Afro...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 22–52.
Published: 01 March 1989
... and young come one and all, Join now to celebrate Eighteen hundred and thirty eight. Sing freemen sing, 0 sing freemen sing, Sing a Song For it wont be long 'Till the slaves are all set free. In old Jamaca's Isles See the Sun of freedom smiles, Chains are now no longer worn Despots from their Thrones...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (1): 45–50.
Published: 01 March 1988
... the covenant between Israel and God. The crux of the exodus experience is the release of the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage in order for them to better serve God. 2 Throughout the Old Testament this sort of servantmaster relationship is portrayed, not only with reference to the Hebrew collectivity...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 48–50.
Published: 01 September 1991
... to expect. The end of the Preface reads: "No changes have been made in the form of the songs An old-time Negro singer could sing any of these songs through without encountering an innovation which would interrupt him or throw him off. 11 Yet one finds that the very first song in the book, "Go Down, Moses...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 198–202.
Published: 01 September 1992
..., are faced with the need to make a great decision. We all know what the good music of the past is. We have been listening to it, studying it, teaching it, all of our lives. But what is the good music of today? Is it music that follows the old traditions, or is it the so-called "ultra-modern" music? What...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 108–113.
Published: 01 September 1991
... in caricature has marked several distinct periods in American popular music, the age of minstrelsy, of ragtime, of jazz, and lately of "swing" music. This one idiom is of itself, sufficient to stamp all Negro music as unique. Ill Some Ancient Modes 1. Pentatonic &1 J J J J r &2. Old Folk Song Scale JJJJJJr 3...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (2): 27–28.
Published: 01 September 1987
...Paul Laurence Dunbar © Copyright 1987 JBSM /Jon Michael Spencer 1987 A Heritage of Expression1 Paul Laurence Dunbar The strange, fantastic melody of the old plantation music has always possessed a deep fascination for me. There is an indescribable charm in it-a certain poetic sadness...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (1): 161.
Published: 01 March 1990
...Mary L. Tate; Mary F. L. Keith Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press 1990 97 Meet Mother in the Skies I In a lonely graveyard, many miles away, Lies your dear old mother, 'neath the cold, cold clay; Mem'ries oft returning of her tears and sighs; Chorus If you love your mother, meet her...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 14–21.
Published: 01 March 1989
... twenty-one years old," he says, "a spirit of poetry, (which was always in me,) became revived, and seemed to waft before my mind horrid pictures of the condition of my people, and something seemed to say, 'Write and sing about it-you can sing what would be death to speak.' So I began to write and sing...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (1): 157.
Published: 01 March 1990
...John Howardton Smith Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press 1990 93 Thinking of Mother I As the shades of evening gather And I sit here all alone There comes to me a picture Of a village far away And the little old grey cottage With some roses by the door I can see my dear old mother...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (1): 156.
Published: 01 March 1990
... friendship, too; Though she be old and gray and feeble every day, You know your mother always cares for you. 4 When trouble in the home and things going wrong, Poor mother sits and wonders what to do. And with a mother's care she kneels in prayer, You know your mother always cares for you. 5 But when your...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 35–65.
Published: 01 September 1995
... hymn, which is sung two lines at a time and whose wailing cadences, borne on the night air, are indescribably melancholy. But the benches are pushed back to the wall when the formal meeting is over, the old and young, men and women, sprucely dressed young men, grotesquely half-clad field hands...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 120–129.
Published: 01 September 1991
... Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press 1991 Negro Music In the discussion of a subject so specialized as Negro Music, one must take into account the effect of tradition; and though, when compared with the Old World, it may seem that America is too young to have many traditions of much...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 16–34.
Published: 01 September 1995
... from the standpoint of music, but not from the standpoint of words, represent the type that is heard less in urban areas. Perhaps they are older than song, if we are to consider song as the wedding of words to notes. It was those cries that Negroes made famous in the old South. Being direct...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): vii–viii.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Jon Michael Spencer Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press 1995 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. Foreword As of this year, 1995, this book is exactly fifty years old, and yet until now it has never been...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 98–140.
Published: 01 March 1992
...Jon Michael Spencer Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press 1992 The Mythology of the Blues Jon Michael Spencer In the old American South, &om the era of slavery to the early twentieth century, the Bible was the principal source of religious authority referred to by the people of African...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 55–67.
Published: 01 March 1992
...-defining the canons of value White that is not "right" as the old blues had it, but a liability, since the culture of white precludes the possession of Negro "soul." But Jones is wrong about "the old blues." The individual song he refers to is Big Bill Broonzy's "Black, Brown, and White," which includes...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 23–28.
Published: 01 September 1991
... of unprecedented success in New York City. It was for this company that Stephen Foster wrote his "Old Folks at Home" (Swanee River), "My Old Kentucky Home," "Old Black Joe," and other well-known songs. Foster was a frequenter of Negro camp-meetings and an assiduous student of Negro music. 1 Though devoted...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 1991
... and institutional racialism. While the precursors of Christian hip-hop have had almost nothing to say about the life-and-death problems that the "ghetto poor" daily face-issues considered "worldly" by old-style gospel-Christian hip-hop may tum out to be the single prophetically pragmatic voice in a new postmodern...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 71–74.
Published: 01 March 1993
... be talked about only in Thrills and Chills of Death 73 prayer and praise and the poetry of song. It is what the slaves meant when they sang about that "old ship of Zion": It has landed many a thousand. It has landed many a thousand. It has landed many a thousand. Git on board. Git on board. It will take you...