Lift Every Voice And Sing

There are regular songs that sound great and give you a relatively good feeling, you know, the kind that have you reminiscing on good times and feeling slightly nostalgic… And then there are absolutely extraordinary songs that seem like they were composed by God Himself and sung by His angels.

Well at least that’s exactly how I feel about the song in the video below. It has such a wonderfully put together harmony, and the words are deep and thought provoking.

Lift Every Voice and Sing was composed by two artists by the name of James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. James Weldon originally wrote these words as a song to honor Booker T. Washington at a segregated school with 500 students in Feb 5, 1900.

Later in 1905 James brother John set the poem to music and the amazing song that we are blessed to listen to today was born. This song soothes your soul and has the power to strengthen your purpose with strong words of commitment, which brings me to another point, this song was performed by Committed, a group of young men dedicated to singing empowering gospel songs around the world.

The video below has been played into the ground over and over again by yours truly :) I can’t help it. Listen for yourself, I think you will understand why.

I think you would agree, we need more wonderful music like this! I think the world would be a better place if everyone would just chill out and listen to this every time they got angry, sad, or frustrated, don’t you think? If the origin of this song interests you can read more about it on wikipedia.

Enjoy.

 

The Most Amazing Instrument Ever

On today’s post let me talk a little bit about my past. I grew up in a small town near Philadelphia, if I named the town you would have no clue where it is (it’s that small).

As a young boy my mother used to always tell me that I had a natural ear for music. I loved to sing my favorite songs out loud as I played by myself outdoors. We faithfully attended church every Sunday so I was always glad when it came time to sing the congregational hymns.

Once I reached the age of about 10 years old, I began taking piano lessons. I had always had a natural awe for the piano and I admired the pianist at my church as she would play all up and down the keys of the old grand piano in the church sanctuary.

I always knew that one day I would become an accomplished pianist and would bless others with my talent, but it seemed so complicated every time I  set down and tried to play a song I knew.

“Why can’t it just be simple? How come I can’t just play like the Ms Pamela at the church?” I would ask my mom. She would just look at me, smile and say, “anything worth doing, takes time and practice.” Her words stuck with me and I practiced faithfully every day.

Eventually I fell in love with playing the piano and just like my mother said, I did become great and I’ve always had a special respect for the piano. Some of you may not agree with this, and that’s ok, but I personally think that the piano is the most amazing instrument ever invented.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I recommend that everyone at least take a few lessons to see if playing the piano is something they would like to become great at. You won’t regret it, I promise!

-Justin