Writers Quote Wednesday 2015

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Once again, I send a huge thank you to SilverThreading for hosting Writers Quote Wednesday 2015.

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This week in recognition of Black Music Month, I selected the words from a song written by the Father of Gospel Music, Thomas A. Dorsey.  

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In planning my mother’s funeral back in 1967,  I chose to have “Precious Lord Take My Hand”  as one of the musical selections.  I am among many who have made the same choice.

This song was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and he had requested the beloved and famous gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson, to sing it at his funeral.

Years before Dr. King’s funeral, around 1959, I went to see the movie, “Imitation of Life.”  Even as a 15-year-old, I ended up in tears when Miss Jackson began singing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” during one of the lead characters funeral.

When I hear this song it always brings back memories of sad times.  Yet it is my favorite gospel song; and, I am still trying to process why.

To give you further insight on Mr. Dorsey’ s music and life, I share this YouTube video.  It begins with and oral biography on Mr. Dorsey followed by Miss Yolanda Adams, one of today’s most famous Gospel performers, singing her rendition of “Precious Lord Take My Hand.”

Please click here for further biographical information on Mr. Dorsey.

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13 thoughts on “Writers Quote Wednesday 2015

  1. You made me sing out loud at the office. I love this song! And by the way Seasoned Sistah2, you just couldn’t wait till Wednesday this song truly means so much to you. Hugs and ❤

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    • Thank you for your comments. This song touches me in a special way; and, whenever it crosses my path I am drawn into it. It’s sadness, but a peaceful sadness that brings back memories of my last encounter with those loved ones who were going home. Hugs.

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      • Peaceful Sadness. Hmmm. I used to do a lot of blues back then whenever my heart was broken and I’d write a lot and yes it brought me peaceful sadness so I can relate. Hugs back to you.

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  2. I love this song too. And the video reminded me of the three or four years that I went to the Church of God in Christ convocations in Memphis. Those were magical times for me. I so love this music.

    I just put up a new post about Martin Luther King so reading this post feels very synchronistic to me.

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