Morning Song – Hymn To Freedom
Oscar Peterson went into the recording studio in late 1962 looking for a hit that radio stations would play. He cut an album with his trio (Ray Brown on bass, Ed Thigpen on drums) filled with 3 minute covers of some of the best, most melodic, and most popular jazz standards ever written.
Except for the last cut: Peterson’s own composition, “Hymn To Freedom”.
“Hymn To Freedom” doesn’t exist without the state-supported racist rioters at James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss in Oxford MS, the KKK firebombing of the Freedom Riders in Anniston AL, or any of the raging controversy generated by vicious and deadly opposition to the Civil Rights Movement.
But “Hymn To Freedom” exists on its own, whole and complete, without reference to or need of its opponents.
It’s good to know what you’re fighting against; it’s even better to know what you’re fighting for.