Singing from way down low

The Queen of Gospel knew the blues, too, although she famously chose gospel, saying it gave her hope.  But whether she meant to or not, this quote reminds us of the innate value of any kind of music:  an uplifting tune, a long ponder on the meaning of life, or yes, even a cry for help.

Llist_2015_Quote_34_webWhat kind of music do you turn to on a bad day?  A good day?  A day when you’re just not sure?

“Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.”
— Mahalia Jackson

This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the Singerpreneur blog and social media for Lauri’s List. The 2015 quotes are also archived on Facebook and Pearltrees.

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Mahalia Jackson: Gospel Spirituals & Hymns
Boxed set

Ms. Jackson is one of the legendary masters of the genre, and this classic set of Columbia recordings is just the thing for hanging out, studying the style or just adding zip to your housework.  After all, no one sings it like Miss Halie.


The Blues: A Visual History
by Mike Evans

Most classical singers are terribly overeducated, but haven’t had a good look at one of American music’s most time-honored traditions.  This fascinating and beautiful book is a good place to start, and may light a spark you didn’t know you had.  Beware — you may have another style within you yet.

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