Black piano keys: Do you know?

The video is not just inspiring but it is also educational. Thanks so much for blogging this.

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Black piano keys
At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded.

He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Slaves were not permitted to use the white keys.

Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that’s in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It’s just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history.” After sharing the noteworthy history of the song…

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Posted on 02/14/2015, in Black History Month, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Love this, Thank you!

  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Thank you for this, Xena.

    Whitney Phipp’s delivery is so moving.

    His humming of the melody leading into the song is deeply soulful, so expressive, so “in touch” with the spirit of the slave who first cried out the melody.

  3. Thank You for sharing this

    Best Wishes

    john

  4. wow that’s just incredible! and sad. and I loved how he told that story.
    i’ll admit tho I was soooo waiting for him to play the song on piano! I LOVE piano in a way I’m afraid its not normal! LMAO

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