Sunday, April 08, 2012

My Version Of Happy Easter

I watched the video today over at Rix's place, and it made me think of this Eddie Izzard piece from his famous one man show "Dressed to Kill" (which in its entirety is a MUCH WATCH if you want to bend over laughing hysterically!

Anyway, he did a bit about religion (spot on), but also about how the singing in Christian groups outside of Gospel singing, is drab and boring ... which is exactly what the video showed on Rix's page!

Let's see if we can bring it up a notch! Here is a Canadian gospel group, singing "Oh Happy Day!" - Choeur Gospel Célébration de Québec & Sylvie Desgroseilliers

Harlem Gospel Singers

Scene from "The Color Purple."

I know I put this "flash mob" gospel singing at Macy's in Chicago piece up before, but let's enjoy it again.

One of my favorite songs, Swing Down Chariot - this one by the Gaither Gospel Group.

The Lord's Prayer from the movie "Sarafina."

Funny how Whoopi is in a lot of movies with gospel singing (The Color Purple, Sarafina, Sister Act, etc.).

Going to close out with "Amazing Grace" by our dear departed Whitney.

May God be with you this Passover/Easter weekend. God most surely knows how much this planet is in need of some honest-to-goodness loving and sharing.

1 comment:

Bob said...

As a kid I always looked forward to the boisterous straight up version of the Easter hymn in a packed to capacity sanctuary reeking of Easter lilies

Methodists, known to like singing (When in doubt, sing), have parallel music traditions of solid hymns & camp meeting songs. When I sang in a Methodist adult choir as a teen, we would warm up before service with gospel, sentimental Victorian era religious songs, & old camp meeting numbers. Someone would call out a song title,& we'd all jump in.