Jan 1 2018

David Byrne Presents: Gospel

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Belle Al Green Amazon
God's Got It Reverend Charlie Jackson Amazon
Long Walk To D.C. The Staple Singers Amazon
Only God Knows Young Fathers (ft. Leith Congregational Choir) Amazon
Stomp (Remix) Kirk Franklin Amazon
Spiritual Donald Lawrence & Co. Amazon
Wayfaring Stranger Jamie Woon Amazon
We Shall Overcome The Freedom Singers Amazon
I Press Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ Amazon
Jesus Will Fix It Reverend John Wilkins Amazon
Poor Wafaring Stranger Puente Itunes
Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix) The Joubert Singers Discogs
Trouble the Water Black Kold Madina Amazon
Way Down in the Hole The Blind Boys of Alabama Amazon
Keep The Devil Off Big K.R.I.T. Amazon
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Amazon
A Message For The Saints Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers Amazon
Revolution Kirk Franklin Amazon
Take Yo' Praise Camille Yarbrough Amazon
Nobody Knows Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Amazon
Pray a Little Longer Lucy Rodgers Amazon
Prodigal Son Reverend John Wilkins Amazon
Lead Me Guide Me Moses Josiah Discogs
Come Healing Leonard Cohen Amazon
Amazing Black Kold Madina Amazon
Like A Ship Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Amazon
Praise Joint Kirk Franklin Amazon
Sunshine In My Soul Moses Josiah Discogs
Oh La De Da The Staple Singers Amazon
The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash Amazon
Way Down in the Hole Tom Waits Amazon
Blessings Chance The Rapper Amazon
How Great Chance The Rapper Amazon

Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, The Gospel Herald, and Kevin Winter.

You don’t need to believe to love gospel music. But if you aren’t moved by gospel music, you need some serious help.

This playlist covers many decades of recordings, and any single decade would be full of riches enough. But here’s the most recent picks from my personal playlist.

Here are the roots of rock and roll, RnB and hip hop. This music is about transcendence and community. It’s about surrendering to something bigger than yourself, and in doing so, there is ecstacy and joy. In gospel music, that surrender is to God, but as many singers discovered, that feeling can be easily repurposed to secular ends. One can enlist the power of the music to surrender to love and sex just as easily—its tools are that powerful, flexible and adaptable. There is a tension there, as well as a potential linking and union of the sacred and the profane. Life is both.

In either case, the musicians and the listener form a community—something that again is larger than the individual. Oddly, for all the emphasis on individuality and self in our culture, we are often at our best and feel the best when we leave ourselves behind. That’s another kind of tension from which this music draws its power.

Happy new year.

David Byrne

Jan 1 2018

David Byrne Presents: Gospel

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
Belle Al Green Amazon
God's Got It Reverend Charlie Jackson Amazon
Long Walk To D.C. The Staple Singers Amazon
Only God Knows Young Fathers (ft. Leith Congregational Choir) Amazon
Stomp (Remix) Kirk Franklin Amazon
Spiritual Donald Lawrence & Co. Amazon
Wayfaring Stranger Jamie Woon Amazon
We Shall Overcome The Freedom Singers Amazon
I Press Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ Amazon
Jesus Will Fix It Reverend John Wilkins Amazon
Poor Wafaring Stranger Puente Itunes
Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix) The Joubert Singers Discogs
Trouble the Water Black Kold Madina Amazon
Way Down in the Hole The Blind Boys of Alabama Amazon
Keep The Devil Off Big K.R.I.T. Amazon
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Amazon
A Message For The Saints Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers Amazon
Revolution Kirk Franklin Amazon
Take Yo' Praise Camille Yarbrough Amazon
Nobody Knows Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Amazon
Pray a Little Longer Lucy Rodgers Amazon
Prodigal Son Reverend John Wilkins Amazon
Lead Me Guide Me Moses Josiah Discogs
Come Healing Leonard Cohen Amazon
Amazing Black Kold Madina Amazon
Like A Ship Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Amazon
Praise Joint Kirk Franklin Amazon
Sunshine In My Soul Moses Josiah Discogs
Oh La De Da The Staple Singers Amazon
The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash Amazon
Way Down in the Hole Tom Waits Amazon
Blessings Chance The Rapper Amazon
How Great Chance The Rapper Amazon

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