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Resources for thinking about Race and Racism: Music

Music suggestions by David Berry, DMA

Keedron Bryant - I Just to LiveSam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come, and Ed Lewis - I Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down

Keedron Bryant's song was written in response to the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. Sam Cooke's song is from 1964 and is about living as a black man in America during the civil rights era (I have included just the vocal here, which may not be as familiar as the full arrangement with instrumentation). Ed Lewis' song is even older and comes from the fields. The reason I have linked these songs is because they represent an important tradition in black music of a type of raw, a capella singing from the soul that goes back to the days of the "field holler" songs sung by slaves as they worked in the fields. The eras are different, but the expression of weariness is the same. The song is not finished. , ,