Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit
101 Best-Loved Psalms, Gospel Hymns & Spiritual Songs of the African-American Church
ISBN10: 0805044116 ISBN13: 9780805044119 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co Published: Oct 1 1999 Weight: 1.20lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
An important historical document as well as an inspirational gift, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit captures the rich connections between song and experience as no other volume does.
For over 200 years in African-American churches throughout the country, gospel and spiritual music have offered solace and been a source of celebration, leaving a mark not only on the Christian world, but on popular music as well. Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit contains the lyrics and music of 101 of the most widely known and cherished of these pieces, ranging from heart-stirring spirituals sung during slave times (Steal Away; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot) to songs of unity from the civil rights movement and contemporary times (We Shall Overcome; I'll Fly Away).
The book also presents a biography of each composer and the history of the evolution of each song, examining the role it played in enabling African-Americans to develop the strength to carry on in the face of adversity.