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Old 01-10-2011, 03:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Put Your Palms Together, It's Gospel Week!



It's time to sing your love for the lord. It's gospel week! So I don't get people haranguing me for being incorrect in my conveying of information, here's Wikipedia describing what it thinks of as "gospel music" :

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Gospel music in general is characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. Subgenres include contemporary gospel, urban contemporary gospel (sometimes referred to as "black gospel"), Southern gospel, and modern gospel music (now more commonly known as praise and worship music or contemporary Christian music). Several forms of gospel music utilize choirs, use piano and/or Hammond organ, drums, bass guitar and, increasingly, electric guitar. In comparison with hymns, which are generally of a statelier measure, the gospel song is expected to have a refrain and often a more syncopated rhythm.
Many attempts have been made to describe the style of late 19th and early 20th century gospel songs in general. Christ-Janer, et al. said "the music was tuneful and easy to grasp . . . rudimentary harmonies . . . use of the chorus . . . varied metric schemes . . . motor rhythms were characteristic. . . . The device of letting the lower parts echo rhythmically a motive announced by the sopranos became a mannerism . . ." Patrick and Sydnor emphasize the notion that gospel music is "sentimental", quoting Sankey as saying, "Before I sing I must feel", and they call attention to the comparison of the original version of Rowley’s "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" with Sankey's version. Gold said, "Essentially the gospel songs are songs of testimony, persuasion, religious exhortation, or warning. Usually the chorus or refrain technique is found."
If you don't agree, take it up with Wikipedia.

Otherwise, put your p(s)alms together and show us your favourite gospels!
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've always saw this song referred to as gospel so I'll drop it in here. I don't know anything, literally, about gospel if this song doesn't count. Anyway, maybe I can find something interesting with the posting of this thread.

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Old 01-10-2011, 05:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Billy Preston ~ That's The Way God Planned It


Mahalia Jackson ~ Down By The Riverside


Sister Rosetta Tharpe ~ Up Above My Head (There's Music In The Air)


Son House ~ John The Revelator
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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These are two of my favourite gospel singers, that everyone should hear.

Aretha (of course! Who doesn't like her?)


Marion Williams


Gospel music is so beautiful, and such an emotional expression of Christian life, and also of life in general. It really does bring people together. I encourage everyone to check out more songs sung by these wonderful ladies!
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It's funny, whenever people with what the church folk would call "worldly" music tastes talk about gospel, it's invariably the old stuff. Any of you ever give a listen to newer gospel? All I can say based on being exposed to a lot of it from my in-laws, is that it is terrifyingly awful. It's like some bastard offspring of easy listening and jam bands.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have never heard any of the new age bands or whatever. I remember I was going to an amusement park a number of years ago and there was a group named Mercy Me going to be preforming but we didn't catch any of the show. My step mom is a huge gospel fan she used to sing a lot when she attended church regularly in her teens/twenties but yeah I never really listened to any with her so I don't know much about it. Its just one of those genres I have never found myself dwelling into. I will be certain to check out some different stuff from this thread though just so say I've at least got an idea what's happening in the genre.
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I like some of the newer stuff like Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin




It's hilarious....Kirk Franklin reminds me of George Clinton because he's like the front man for the chorus and he doesn't even SING. He just talks through everything then when they win awards he goes up there and makes it seem like it was all him alone. He's always losing choir members because of that.
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Aretha:


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It's hilarious....Kirk Franklin reminds me of George Clinton because he's like the front man for the chorus and he doesn't even SING. He just talks through everything then when they win awards he goes up there and makes it seem like it was all him alone. He's always losing choir members because of that.
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The only reason I've ever listened to gospel music is because I was really into garage house in the early 00s. Some good underground DJs out of Chicago and San Francisco used to spin it, and I have a few mixtapes/CDs. I liked it but could only take so much of it - I guess I can only take so much of the vocals.
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