Label: Stomp Records - STLP 4.00599 J • Format: Vinyl LP White Vinyl • Country: Germany • Genre: Blues • Style: Rhythm & Blues
Listen to Precious Lord. Back inI was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago's Southside. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn't want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, had forgotten my music case.
I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.
The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out.
I rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was "Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead. When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died.
I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in Precious Lord - Maxine Howard - Fallin Out Over The Blues same casket.
Then I fell apart. For days I closeted myself. I Precious Lord - Maxine Howard - Fallin Out Over The Blues that God had done me an injustice. I didn't want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well. But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St.
Something kept telling me to stay with Tears In Rain - Swan Sex - ORO. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died. From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him. But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Frye, who seemed to know what I needed.
On the following Saturday evening he took me up to Madam Malone's Poro College, a neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat Kolomiika - Various - Voyage En URSS (Anthologie De La Musique Instrumentale Et Vocale Des Peuples D at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.
Something happened to me then I felt at peace. I feel as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, one I'd never heard or played before, and the words into my head-they just seemed to fall into place:. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn, Through the storm, through the night lead me on to the light, Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home.
The Lord gave me these words and melody. He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And Precious Lord - Maxine Howard - Fallin Out Over The Blues I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.
Editor's Note: Because his name is similar to the jazz great, Tommy Dorsey, confusion some times exists when this Thomas Dorsey, of gospel music fame, is mentioned. Thomas A. Dorsey, who was widely known as the father of gospel music, died at age 93 at his home in Chicago. Moments before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Heilbut wrote, "it nearly replaced 'Amazing Grace' as an anthem of black America.
Gospel music comes out of the black church, not all black churches, but primarily the Baptist and the Holiness churches. It is descended from spirituals, and John Lovell Jr. Lovell said that there was widespread agreement that Mr. Dorsey had been the chief force in gospel's development, adding tabernacle song material and blues touches to the spiritual. He served as musical director of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago fromwhen he organized a gospel choir there, until the late 's.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that he had written more than 1, gospel songs, all told, and hundreds of blues songs. Dorsey's first wife died in childbirth inand their infant child died soon afterward.
Editor's Note: Please read Mr. Dorsey's own words in the left column. Obituary New York Times January 25, I found myself playing a melody, one I'd never heard or played before, and the words into my head-they just seemed to fall into place: "Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me Cherry, Cherry - Neil Diamond - Classics The Early Years, let me stand!
Dorsey was a pianist and composer, then mainly of secular blues music. He came to combine elements of the blues with religious music in the many gospel songs he went on to write and compose, beginning inwhen he was He later became an influential gospel choir director, at a Baptist church in Chicago.
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