Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and music

Music is also a crucial part of a person’s health.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to understand how very connected we all are?

I believe that attention to shared musical styles may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page twelve of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

Shared Musical Styles: Call And Response

“I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
Horse and driver He has hurled into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and might;
He is become my deliverance.
This is my God and I will enshrine Him;
The God of my father, and I will exalt Him.
3 The Lord, the Warrior —
Lord is His name!”
-from the JPS Tanakh Exodus 15:1-3

From the celebratory “Song of the Sea” quoted above, sung each morning
at daily prayers to this day in the Orthodox and Conservative Jewish
movements, to the hauntingly beautiful strains of Drok Yikra, Freedom will be
Proclaimed, (Inside Cover) sung most famously on the Sabbath day by the Jews
of Yemen, Jewish liturgical song has long expressed the human yearning for
freedom. This yearning is shared in the well-known music of traditional Negro
Spirituals, often adapted by the Civil Rights movement as Freedom Songs,
replacing words to fit the situation. Both Jewish and African-American music
show this need to be free, and share other similarities.
Much Jewish liturgical music takes the form of Call and Response, both
in and outside of the sanctuary. From the Barchu, to Ldor va Dor, the Call to…


Page 12″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain some more of the prayers and traditions mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page eleven was last week…

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Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

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Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.


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9 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and music

    1. Thanks, JYP!

      Those similarities struck me as soon as I started learning to daven, and I couldn’t help but wonder why no one else seemed to have noted them.

      Ok, so now I know what some of that “unpacking” might be, for the next edition…

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