Pops Staples (1914-2000) Posthumous Album: Don’t Lose This

I mentioned Pops Staples in my last post. I discovered The Staples Singers when I bought a cheap compilation album of Gospel Greats. The album cover was a roulette wheel and boasted a rare recording by Aretha Franklin. The quality of the recording was what had made it rare, I think. Nevertheless, there were treasures on this cheap CD. The song that I kept playing over and over was “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” by The Staples Singers. Pops Staples’s haunting tremolo and his daughter Mavis’s powerful and rich gospel voice kept this song on repeat. Next time I went to the Record Store (and that is what we did back then) Continue reading “Pops Staples (1914-2000) Posthumous Album: Don’t Lose This”

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Damn Right I’ve Got The Gospel

Sometimes, the good news is found in unexpectd places. In my own life, I first learned of redemption from the final scenes of Return of the Jedi. But when I was dragged to a church, I was told that God was nothing like the force in Star Wars. Too bad, the force is way cool (Or, epic, as my kids now say). I learned about the nature of sin and the propensity of human beings to cross the boundaries that God has set for us from Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. King’s books were forbidden in my home. So, of course, I got them from my sister. Continue reading “Damn Right I’ve Got The Gospel”