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This Is My Song: A Collection of Gospel Music for the Family

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Illustrated in full color with black-and-white photographs. Gospel music has long been a major part of African American culture, and this gorgeous book captures its unique spirit in words, music, photographs, and dazzling artwork. In her introduction, Vy Higginsen traces gospel's roots: from the hymns and spirituals sung by slaves in the 19th century to the musical flavor of jazz and blues, and above all, the energy and spontaneity of group singing in church. Her account is supplemented by an album of archival ...
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Overview

Illustrated in full color with black-and-white photographs. Gospel music has long been a major part of African American culture, and this gorgeous book captures its unique spirit in words, music, photographs, and dazzling artwork. In her introduction, Vy Higginsen traces gospel's roots: from the hymns and spirituals sung by slaves in the 19th century to the musical flavor of jazz and blues, and above all, the energy and spontaneity of group singing in church. Her account is supplemented by an album of archival photographs that document gospel, from 1930s Chicago to the stars of today. The body of the book features 30 songs that have become standards in the gospel repertoire, in authentic original arrangements for piano. The songs are complemented by Brenda Joysmith's lavish original paintings that beautifully convey the essence and experience of gospel music.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Heavenly tunes are the soulful mainstay of two new fall publications. Crown's This Is My Song! A Collection of Gospel Music for the Family by Vy Higginsen, illus. by Brenda Joysmith, features the scores and lyrics to 30 gospel standards, realistic illustrations and extensive front matter that documents African American gospel ($25, all ages ISBN 0-517-59492-7 Sept.); Wade and Cheryl Hudson's How Sweet the Sound, with atmospheric illustrations by Floyd Cooper, showcases lyrics from gospels and songs that spotlight key periods in African American history, from ``Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'' to James Brown's ``Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud'' (Scholastic, $15.95, ages 3-8 ISBN 0-590-48030-8 Oct.).
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Gr 1 UpA collection of 30 standard gospel songs. ``Amazing Grace,'' ``He's Got the Whole World in His Hands,'' ``It Is Well with My Soul,'' and ``What a Friend'' are among the selections included, all of which are arranged by Wesley Naylor. Higginsen's introduction explains and defines the nature of gospel music and what it has meant to African Americans. Professor Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, James Cleveland, and Whitney Houston are just a few of the individuals included in the black-and-white ``Gospel Photo Album.'' Touching and inspiring quotations from singers, composers, songwriters, and scholars are sprinkled throughout. The book's best feature, though, is the beautifully rendered oil-pastel illustrations. Joysmith's drawings, especially those featuring children, are particularly appealing. The author states that her intent here is ``to document and preserve...the rich cultural heritage of gospel music.'' She has done so in this lovely book.Robin Works Davis, Hurst Public Library, TX
Julie Corsaro
Capturing the essence of music in words is no small feat, but musical producer Higginsen has done it admirably in this beautifully illustrated collection that includes the words and music for 30 gospel classics. The book opens with a discussion that traces the evolution of gospel music from the "Negro folk spirituals" of the nineteenth century through the emergence of "a new body of sacred music" during the Great Depression. The album of archival photos that follows hints at the conflict between gospel and its musical antithesis, the blues, and the difficulties encountered by some stars who crossed over to secular music. Dominated by shades of blue, the evocative pastel portraits of African Americans at church, the revival hall, and home reflect the energy and emotion of the songs and display powerful family images. Includes thoughtful headnotes and an index of first lines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517594933
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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