FROM MARGITA'S BENCH JANUARY 24, 2021

FROM MARGITA’S BENCH   Jan 24, 2021

Hello folks! Great to be with all of you again. It has been quite a week – a lot of people are really starting to feel the emotional and mental strain due to the length of this journey, especially those on the front lines. I have been feeling really “spiritual” this week.  I’ve decided to do Mark Hayes’ blended arrangement of two spirituals, “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and “All Night, All Day, Angels Watchin’ Over Me, My Lord”. Just before I started recording with Austin, I came across a song that is very special to me, and have done it often with one of my singer friends. I decided to do this song instead of the one I had planned. “I Believe” is another one of those heart songs.

I had been looking through some of the books in my office, and came across one that was given to me by my former neighbour, who was also a member of RUC. I found a song called “Till The Storm Passes By”, written by Mosie Lister. Thomas Mosie Lister (1921 – 2015) was an American singer and a Baptist minister. This was one of his most famous songs. In 1976 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. I probably never would have done this song during “normal” times, but we have never gone through a storm the likes of which we are going through today. Lynda Randle, who sang with the Gaither Vocal Band, sings it with great emotion in her velvety contralto voice. She recorded this version on March 28th, 2020, just as this storm was beginning. “Hold me fast; let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand. Keep me safe ’till the storm passes by.” Let it float your cares away! 

Stay safe, stay calm, keep smiling! luv, m