Musical calls to action form part of our society’s way of remembering, and of teaching.
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?
I believe that attention to shared musical forms may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
“… Prayer and a traditional call and response section of prayer, all the way to the frolicking “Cherie Bim Baum Bim Baum Bim Baum”, Jewish music adapts this
mode of song. Likewise, the familiar spiritual turned freedom song “Woke up this Morning” springs instantly to mind as a key example of Call and Response in African-American spiritual music, sung in a variety of settings. That same back and forth structure can also be felt in the slowly…
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