Git Right at the Meeting Tonight
Yes, friends welcome to y’all again. Now let me say from the start I know as some of you think we been out wanderin’ a little far from the gospel tree, and this past weeks Flaming Lips sing Jesus thing was just more than some of y’all could take. I want to make it clear to you that I hear your concerns brethren. Tonight we going all the way back traditional with The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Yes Sir, yes Ma’am. These here are a couple of tunes from their early years, at the start of the sixties they made some records on a label called Peacock – this record ‘Family Circle’ came out in 1963 after which they didn’t release anything for about 10 years or more but you got to say they got staying power, last year celebrating 50 years of singin’ and a prayin’. Startin’ out in the traditional quartet style, indeed you often see them called a quartet but I don’t think they’ve ever in them fifty years had just a four man line up, and like all o’ these groups been around that long a lot of people come and gone through they ranks. From our perspective today they seem a pretty traditional bunch but they were the first or thereabouts to introduce choreographed dance moves and matching outfits into their show which won ’em the nickname ‘The Temptations of Gospel’, check out the brother on the right’s hair in that picture there. Oooh yeah! They also expanded the band with keyboards, bass and drums to the horror of the god-fearing and traditionally minded and the joy of the young-un’s. Jesus hisself alone knows what those folks made of them showing up on soul train to sing their disco hit ”Mighty High”. All that unpleasantness was way in the future here though, this is old school, hand-clapping, foot stompin’, lord praisin’ gospel quartet goodness people. Can I get a hallelujah?