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Morning Song – Thank You Lord

November 20, 2016

(One in a series of songs for this Thanksgiving week.)

The full, round half-notes and whole notes of the old Negro spiritual “Thank You Lord” are themselves the sound of gratitude. The short, spare phrases (“been so good…saved my soul…love you, Lord”) that anchor the song are like sips of well-aged single malt whisky, each one worth savoring as it passes the lips.

Placing “Thank You Lord” in context—it was created and sung by people who owned nothing of themselves: not their clothes, their shelter, their work, their bodies—reveals the ancient wisdom that gratitude is not only a survival strategy; it’s also an act of resistance to evil and oppression.

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