Musical calls to action form part of our society’s way of remembering, and of teaching.
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?
I believe that attention to shared musical forms may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
“… Prayer and a traditional call and response section of prayer, all the way to the frolicking “Cherie Bim Baum Bim Baum Bim Baum”, Jewish music adapts this
mode of song. Likewise, the familiar spiritual turned freedom song “Woke up this Morning” springs instantly to mind as a key example of Call and Response in African-American spiritual music, sung in a variety of settings. That same back and forth structure can also be felt in the slowly building tension of a Klezmer tune, often sharing the same beat pattern as much of the music of the
traditional Negro Spiritual. Rag-time, Jazz, Blues, R & B, and even rock and roll arguably come out of these shared musical structures, interwoven into the fabric of our culture. These shared cultural structures, the challenge of a call used to inspire the ringing response, function both to keep communities together, and to bind them mutually, one to another, in hope and in marching forward.
Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression
“Said Property shall not be sold, conveyed, granted or leased, in whole or in part, to any
Hebrew … or any person or family not of the white race. ”
In many ways, shared oppression can be seen as a shared mandate.
Imagine listening, in the summer of the year 1860, to Parashat Re ́eh being read…
So, it turns out that I might have needed to give better notes on the shared styles and purposes of the songs mentioned on this page. Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.
Page twelve was last week…
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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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