Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Music You Might Like

A dear friend sent me a beautiful song written by Jeff Tweedy, songwriter, musician and leader of the band Wilco. Titled "You Are Not Alone," Tweedy wrote it for gospel great Mavis Staples, who recorded it in September of 2010. I've attached a link of him playing it acoustically. Please ignore ad for "Royal Pains," which I happen to like periodically.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVHZZnyylnk

Being a huge fan of Rhythm and Blues and Soul, it got me thinking of the first time I heard the Staple Singers back in the 1960s, so I hunted down Mavis Staples singing the song with Jeff Tweedy accompanying her. Mavis Staples was part of the Staple Singers, a family gospel group led by her father Roebuck Staples. They performed in the '60s and '70s. This is the one they did that I like best. It's just as contemporary today as it was when they recorded it. It didn't "date." It's timeless.  Hope it brings you a bit of joy and hope as we move through the day and arm us better for the possibility of hits we might take.
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