of the many things i am grateful for, i am so happy that modern technology allows us to access such historical, musical gems such as this video of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whenever we need a dose of that Spirit, 24 hours a day, internet connectivity issues notwithstanding. not too long ago you might have had to have a friend with a copy of the TAMI show, or access to a university library, to get to see early films and television shows that document so much of the development of 20th century music. privacy and piracy matters are one thing, but legacy is another, and in 2010 finding what you are looking for is often just a matter of knowing where to go.
in my other blog “How I Got Over; African American History Through Music” i write as much as i can about this ethnomusicology passion – visit to see what i have gathered there so far.
this last clip contains not only James Brown looking ike a King and Marvin Gaye as smooth as he can be, but the lovely Miss Aretha Franklin at the piano, a sight that always brings me such happiness. growing up, sundays in my house were dedicated to gospel music, specifically Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin – so enjoy your Sunday!