Sunday Morning Coming Down

Of course, when I bemoaned the lack of good songs about Easter the other day, I was intentionally overlooking the wealth of songs which can be found in Country music.

This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the history of Country music is irrevocably entwined with that of Gospel music, so here’s a couple to enhance your Easter Sunday.

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” is believed to have been composed by African-American slaves, for it can be traced back to 1899, to the source of many  such songs: William Eleazar Barton’s “Old Plantation Hymns”.

It’s also reported to be one of Mahatma Ghandi’s favourite songs.

So, y’know, what’s good from the source is good for the Ghandi.

(I know, it doesn’t quite work, that one, does it?)

Here’s the biggest star that Country music ever produced covering it:

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Johnny Cash – Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)

Cash was of course a deeply spiritual and religious man, so it’s no surprise either to find this standard nestling in his back catalogue:

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Johnny Cash – The Old Rugged Cross

I’m guessing that whoever drew that picture of Cash was probably the same person who designed the bust of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo which made the news recently. See if you can spot the difference… :

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More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

Sticking with the religious theme of Easter weekend, here’s something from Jesus. Zola Jesus, to be precise.

Don’t let the slightly Dr Who monster-ness of the sleeve put you off tonight’s tune; “Sea Talk”, lifted from their 2010 album “Stridulum II” really reminds me of the Cocteau Twins:

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Zola Jesus – Sea Talk

More soon.