Sunday, June 25, 2006

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. Today my oldest son is in Mississippi on a work project with a group from his church. Here at Hometown Friends Church we are singing “Soon and Very Soon” the way white people sing it—bland, unemotional, inhibited. It’s the best we can do. Black Gospel is not our native tongue and no amount of clapping will help us look any less like posers. We will never do well with songs like this, but I guess there’s no harm in trying.


Blogger mauri macy said...

With some risk, let me note that back in the seventies (so very long ago) Andre made a pile of money singing/selling that song to white folks like us. So unlikely as it might be, if "Soon and Very Soon" was part of worship in a black church yesterday, maybe they were singing...our song.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Paula H. said...

Yeah. I was probably one of those trying to get everyone clapping -- on the "off beat." Guess I'd rather try to be a little more free in my worship than worry about doing it just right.

8:29 PM  

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