Known as “The Thunderbolt of the Middle West”, Brother Joe May had one of the great voices in 20th century gospel music, able to move from a whisper to a shout as the spirit and the song demanded. On his version of Thomas A Dorsey’s “Search Me Lord” you can practically hear the narrator moving further along his journey of faith—from doubt to faith to action—as he asks God to keep working on him.
If you find anything that shouldn’t be,
Take it out and straighten me;
I want to be right, I want to be saved;
I want to be whole…Search me Lord.
Well, it’s twilight in this little corner of the world…or it would be if the sun were shining, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s been unseasonably cool, gray and wet for the last three days.
So it’s a lovely night to have the blues, and there’s hardly a better blues to have than Quincy Jones’ “Blues At Twilight” as recorded by Ray Charles and Milt Jackson.