Monday, May 19, 2008

(Gospel) Music Monday

Okay, so some of you reading this (Dad, I'm looking at you), aren't into country music. At all. Which is cool. I can almost respect that. Here's the thing: Dolly Parton isn't country. She's legend. And I sort of adore her new song. The secret to knocking Nadine off her feet (my Kryptonite, if you will) is to cue a powerful gospel choir. Seriously. If you're my boss and you want to transfer me to a remote village accessible only by canoes in the far north, just have a gospel choir singing in the background when you ask me. And I will go. So look past Dolly's cartoonish exterior. She's a songwriting genius. I nominate "Jesus & Gravity" for song of the day. Or week. Maybe the season. We shall see.



And keeping with the country-meets-gospel theme, here's my favorite Keith Urban moment ever (poor video quality, but a choir of Katrina survivors makes up for it). I want his hair. Actually, I'd rather look like him than look like Dolly. No offense to the legend.



So this is turning into a YouTube party. I'm not sure if I should apologize or say "you're welcome." I just figured I'd keep hitting you with gospel-choir moments I love. Such as Jars of Clay's "Alright." A gospel choir AND whistling. Can you get any better? Oh, 1999.... (Yes, I'm going in reverse chronological order today.) Oh, and for those trying to figure me out, this is still one of my favorite songs. Ever.



And then there's Sister Act 2. Because that one note (at 2:30) chills me. Although it's nothing compared to the Mariah Carey genius (3:00 to the end) here. Seasonally inappropriate, perhaps, but still....

Remember that City High song "What Would You Do"? That song haunted me for my entire summer of laundry. It's been a long time since I've heard Ryan Toby sing....

Oh, and I wish Lauryn Hill would get her act together and make music again.



Shoot. Now I have "Mariah Carey Christmas gospel" (yes, it's a new genre) in my head. So I'll try to wrap this up without listing my favorite Christmas-choir moments. So I'll link you to a choir in Quebec rockin' their version of "Oh, Happy Day." The guest soloist shows up around the 2-minute mark. And then it gets seriously awesome from that point on. Promise.

"Oh, Happy Day" indeed. I think I'm going to go to church in Quebec now....

2 comments:

Beth said...

i was just uploading some lauryn onto my mp3 player (you should get one of those before 2010 hits), and wishing she had more music out. thanks for all the great links - i have successfully spent another half hour on non-work things...

michael lewis said...

Qu├ębec Church:

Most of the choir is white! Which leads me to disbelieve a (former) maxim of Larry Norman: "you shouldn't clap, you're white; you're clapping on the off-beat and it's not pretty".