The Loveliest Song: Selected Gospel Songs
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Audio CD, December 17, 2012
The Grandeur of God (4:07)
Little Black Train (4:14)
Out on the Rolling Sea (3:39)
The Young Man Without Sense (4:20)
What is the Soul of a Man? (3:03)
Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (3:54)
Praise God I’m Satisfied (2:59)
The Lost Soul (3:58)
Oh Death (4:32)
Eternal Light (3:10)
The Loveliest Song (3:34)
Total running time, 49:12
This is a collection of 13 of my gospel songs. This collection includes three of my original adaptations of religious lyrics. “The Grandeur of God” is a 1918 poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. “The Young Man Without Sense” is my musical rendering of Proverbs 7:7. And “The Loveliest Song” is my adaptation of the Song of Solomon.
Several of the songs are bluegrass gospel. “Little Black Train” originates with the Carter Family. “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies” is traditional bluegrass gospel. “Oh Death,” also known as “Conversation with Death,” is a traditional Appalachian dirge. I learned “The Lost Soul” from the early recordings of the Watson family. I learned “Calvary” from the playing and singing of Dock Boggs.
Two of the songs are blues gospel. “What is the Soul of a Man?” and “Praise God I’m Satisfied” derive from the work of blue artist Blind Willie Johnson.
I learned “Out on the Rolling Sea” from the work of Bahaman folksinger Joseph Spence. “Eternal Light” is one of my songs.
Dean Rathje: voices, guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass.
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