When I don't bring the face of my stereo in the car, I always end up singing any song I sang in chorus in high school. Once, we spent a season on spirituals, so often I find myself singing one of the following:
Oh, What a Beautiful City
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
Ain't Got Time to Die
Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit
Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
There is Balm in Gilead
Soon Ah Will be Done-ah
Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho
Wade in the Water
If you've ever sung spirituals, I don't care what you believe, you have felt the power of something. Call it music, call it spirit, call it whatever you want. I think this comprises almost every song we sang that season - I am sure geniealisa will correct me if I'm wrong. I was a little white kid in a very expensive private school. I am glad that I was exposed to this music, even in that context; I'm not sure if it gave us all any perspective, but I like to think it did, and that we were better for not just singing dusty old european chamber music. (I love me some dusty old european chamber music a whole bunch - don't get me wrong.) Of course, usually we sang the arrangements with all the soul of a bunch of rich white kids, if I'm really honest with myself. But it didn't dim the joy I always felt when I sang them... and still do. Even if I can't remember the alto part all the time. If I could reasonably host mp3s of every one, I'd put them up so people could hear them.
Finally, please welcome my oldest friend, whom I have known since the 6th grade, to LJ. keryx! Yay!