Thursday, February 26, 2009

it's black history month and pbs programming tonite is on the negro spirituals. i grew up singing these songs as a young person in a church choir. thinking about those days now fills me with a profound joy that comes from the spirit of the songs.

i miss singing.

in those church choir days we weren't taught about slavery or the civil rights movement as we learned to sing the songs. we didn't have any kind of discussions about the oral literature of the African slaves. nothing at all of the sort. and yet learning the spirituals seemed almost effortless compared to the difficulty of learning cantatas and hymns. it felt right in the body.

it is good to think about this connection now...

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