Render gratitude into a state through your being. Once you view life as the unfolding miracle that it is you begin to understand the cosmic glory of your experiences.
What many people don't realize today is that the Kennedy Assassination profoundly shocked the African American community.
Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue.
Where is hope when images of men and women are shown again and again as they're beaten, tasered or killed by police and become so commonplace that our hearts and minds become numb to it?
For the most part, we have lost contact with the heavens. The stars that gave our ancestors comfort and -- sometimes -- direction are nearly lost to us now. It is not just the light pollution of our cities, it is the blue-lit, seductive attraction of our digital devices that block us from looking to the night sky.
Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Fifty years ago, a small band of freedom fighters in Selma, Alabama, were being attacked on all sides and simply couldn't spare energy to worry about events in Europe... or anywhere else.
In this season of Halloween and All Saint's Day and the Day of the Dead, when fear and death and Ebola and terrorists are all around us, perhaps it is a good time to capture our fears.
Why is it so commonly accepted to have everyday workers in real world situations represent their faith whenever possible, but if a Christian chooses a career in the music industry, their music must be conforming to church praise and worship lyrical standards and style?
Sometimes we have to take inventory of where we've been to realize where we are, and where we're heading. Songs of Innocence does just that.
On the surface, "A Change is Gonna Come" doesn't sound particularly challenging, especially in light of the defiant freedom songs that rocked the movement in 1964. It quickly became one of the anthems of the movement and music historian Dave Marsh said that "A Change is Gonna Come" "ranks with Martin Luther King's best speeches as a verbal encapsulation of the changes black perspective underwent in the Sixties."
We Remember reminds us, that regardless of religion, we are fundamentally similar. As the Jewish High Holidays have returned, I thought what better time to chat with the Hebrew Hillbilly herself.
In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
When Kareemah El-Amin became a Christian on November 17, 2010, she was not compelled to leave her devout Muslim roots from a dark and adverse place -- but from a quest to find peace within herself.
The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of church music that has become what we now call Gospel Music.
Standing atop a stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face.
In the mid-1800s two men developed a new kind of religious music that was to become today's Gospel music. The two men were famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody and his music director and soloist, Ira D. Sankey, known as the "Sweet Singer."