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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Listen for the Sound

Matthew 24:41-43

King James Version (KJV)

 41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
 42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
 43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

These verses are from Jesus Himself, encouraging His followers to 'watch.' That is, we are to be on the lookout, in great anticipation, for the coming of the Lord to set straight the problems of this world of woe.

One of the things by which music lovers are struck is that most of the songs of the old 'Negro Spirituals,' sung by black slaves, are about the heavenly home, the coming of the Lord, and the setting of the world on the right course in the new heaven and new earth. This was due to the fact that in this present world their existence was no place in which to have any hope. Life was hard and no change was anticipated. So, they set their sights on heaven and the coming of the Lord.

We also find this to be the case with much of the Gospel music white people sang in the early to mid 20th century. Many of these had been hit hard by two world wars and a depression. Life was hard, and they longed for heaven.

It was during this era that a phenomenon arose that came to known as 'the old convention songs' that were common at 'singing conventions and dinner on the grounds' in the south.

The following is a perfect example of one of those songs. And remember, my friend, we have a promise of better days ahead, if not here, then in the life to come!

Song: 'Listen for the Sound' by the fabulous Florida Boys.

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