These songs journey back to my physical and expressive roots—the rivers, the valleys, and the mountains. Each melody was recalled from memory, and if my version of the tune is different from yours, that is wonderful. This only proves the power and elasticity of the original stock.
Spirituals get passed up and down aurally, each time assuming the personality of its newfound singer. Unfortunately, the majority of the current generation only knows these songs as standing ovation encores significantly spoiled by glitz, glamour, noise, and the celebrity status of Gospel music.
Listen carefully for the wealth of emotions and intimate feelings of these both black and white American spirituals. They truly are America’s folk songs.
Arrangements—Edwin T. Childs
Flute—Jennifer Dolan Reddick
Harp—Barbara Ann Fackler
Total time: 74 minutes
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|1. Go Tell It On the Mountain||3:27|
|2. Give Me That Old Time Religion||4:19|
|3. I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger||5:28|
|4. Swing Low||5:02|
|5. Steal Away||2:40|
|6. Shall We Gather At the River||3:14|
|7. Lord, I Want To Be A Christian||3:48|
|8. Go Down, Moses||4:11|
|9. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child||5:59|
|10. There Is a Balm in Gilead||4:41|
|11. My Lord What a Morning||5:23|
|12. Give Me Jesus||4:49|
|13. Every Time I Feel the Spirit||3:27|
|14. Deep River||5:45|
|15. He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands||3:22|
|16. Let Us Break Bread Together||5:16|
|17. Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley||4:09|