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They say gospel was Elvis Presley's favourite music, and I came upon this one he sang with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps...written by Kris Kristofferson...oh those boys had tonsils, this is beautiful!


...and just to confirm this is non-sectarian post, I am including the seven virtues of Bushido I got from Rooster all these years ago now, always on the wall of my meditation room ever since: 


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LONG time since I heard this one Jan, and did not even know that Johnny Cash ever sang it!

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Yes .... I also loved the Statler Brothers version.

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Yes! 

... I could not recall where I knew it from, and it is the Statler Bros.

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I've always favored early American hymns, like those by Billings, the Shakers, and others based on folk melodies.


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Tink isn't this grand and glorious! So moving -- the description mentions its Appalachian style...as you can see, I am still following the Charley Pride thread, here...enjoyed it.

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JD Sumner must have studied with a Russian oktavist.  :D


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Tink that takes your breath away! This was in the description, for anyone else who may happen upon this thread... "the oktavist is a type of voice used in Russian liturgical and folk music. These singers sing roughly an octave below the bass range."

Then I went to another clip same channel, the Volga Boatmen...this oktavist in a group with a splendid tenor too...all reminiscent of a certain splendor of masculine beauty, which I saw another commenter mentioned too... "Full throated, full of masculine beauty....historically thrilling, marvelous, superb performance..."

Anyway I had no idea about these special oktavist folk, and life is a bit richer now than ten minutes ago, before I found your post!

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Speaking of thrilling, a few years ago a choir I'm in did Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, made up of 15 or so absolutely glorious pieces based on the Russian Orthodox liturgy.



Translation:

Blessed art Thou, O Lord,

teach me Thy statutes.

 

The angelic host was filled with awe,

when it saw Thee among the dead.

By destroying the power of death, O Savior,

Thou didst raise Adam,

and save all men from hell!

Blessed art Thou, O Lord,

teach me Thy statutes.

 

“Why do you women

mingle myrrh with your tears?”

cried the radiant angel in the tomb to the myrrhbearers.

Behold the tomb and understand!

The Savior is risen from the dead!”

 

Blessed art Thou, O Lord,

teach me Thy statutes.

 

Very early in the morning

the myrrhbearers ran with sorrow to Thy tomb,

but an Angel came to them and said:

“The time for sorrow has come to an end!

Do not weep; announce the resurrection to the apostles!”

 

Blessed art Thou, O Lord,

teach me Thy statutes.

 

The myrrhbearers were sorrowful

as they neared Thy tomb,

but the Angel said to them:

“Why do you number the living among the dead?

Since He is God, He is risen from the tomb!”

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

 

We worship the Father, and His Son, and the Holy Spirit:

the Holy Trinity, one in essence!

We cry with the Seraphim:

“Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O Lord!”

 

Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

Since Thou didst give birth to the Giver of Life, O Virgin,

Thou didst deliver Adam from his sin!

Thou gavest joy to Eve instead of sadness!

The God-man who was born of Thee

has restored to life those who had fallen from it!

 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Glory to Thee, O God! (3x)

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Tink i do find that rather soothing...I am concerned about our country, because historically, unstable nations can disintegrate unexpectedly into anarchy and when/if is historically unpredictable...quantum tipping? 

...but then, you discover there are choir in Estonia and in Long Island too, who (still) do Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil...crying with the seraphim...ergo it MUST gonna work out okay, has to be!  :cheerful:  <3

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Ah this is a fine nomination, SFA!

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Oh Kninjanin, what a diverse and splendorous selection you have given us, so beautiful, thank you very much! I loved them all.

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"Behold the bread of angels" ...spectacular!

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