Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 14: African-American Spirituals & Gospel Music


As we celebrate Black History Month, Episode #14 of Busy Kids Love Music is dedicated to exploring the rich tapestry of African-American Spirituals and Gospel Music. Join me on a melodic journey that pays tribute to the immense contributions of Black artists to the world of music, transcending time and leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape.

Discover the gospel song that resonated deeply with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this episode, we explore the spiritual connection between gospel music and the civil rights movement, delving into the power of music to inspire, uplift, and unify communities in the pursuit of justice and equality.

Uncover the historical importance of call and response spirituals in the context of worship. Explore the roots of this unique musical form that served not only as a source of solace and hope but also as a communal expression of faith and resilience during challenging times.

Our melodic journey takes us to the remarkable story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Learn how this talented ensemble brought African-American spirituals to a global audience, breaking barriers and fostering an appreciation for the beauty and depth of this musical genre.

Busy Kids Love Music is committed to making classical music and its diverse genres accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #14 not only celebrates the rich heritage of African-American music but also provides educational insights into the historical context and cultural significance of spirituals and gospel music.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the cultural richness of African-American music with your child or a young listener excited to learn about the influence of spirituals and gospel on the world of music, Episode #14 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the harmonious melodies of heritage captivate your hearts.

Join me in celebrating the harmonies, heritage, and history of African-American Spirituals and Gospel Music. Happy listening!


Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Oh Happy Day (Doddridge)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

 Deep River (Burleigh)

Wade in the Water

Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Dorsey)

Peace in the Valley (Dorsey)

For this episode’s Listening Calendar, I’m trying something new! Rather than downloading a separate listening calendar as in episodes past, I’m including the listening calendar as part of this post. (Let me know your preference in the comments!)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 14

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS/GOSPEL MUSIC until a brand new episode of Busy Kids Love Music airs in two weeks.

Day 1: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Day 2: Down by the Riverside

Day 3: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Day 4: Sinnerman

Day 5: There is a Fountain Filled With Blood

Day 6: Amazing Grace

Day 7: (Give Me That) Old Time Religion

Day 8: Oh, Happy Day

Day 9: Go Down Moses

Day 10: Precious Lord, Take My Hand


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