This is my song: a collection of gospel music for the family

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Crown, Sep 26, 1995 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 95 pages
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Illustrated in full color with black-and-white photographs. Gospel music has long been a major part of African American culture, and this gorgeous book captures its unique spirit in words, music, photographs, and dazzling artwork. In her introduction, Vy Higginsen traces gospel's roots:  from the hymns and spirituals sung by slaves in the 19th century to the musical flavor of jazz and blues, and above all, the energy and spontaneity of group singing in church. Her account is supplemented by an album of archival photographs that document gospel, from 1930s Chicago to the stars of today.  The body of the book features 30 songs that have become standards in the gospel repertoire, in authentic original arrangements for piano.  The songs are complemented by Brenda Joysmith's lavish original paintings that beautifully convey the essence and experience of gospel music.  

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I just received this awesome tool from a friend. She picked it up at a used book store. This is a perfect piece for Black History Month. The songs take me back over 40 years ago as I sat recalling all the hymns and the dresses I wore back then. I am so happy to receive this book. I pray I can find other books by this author. She have brought back memories of happy times. God Bless Her.
This book is a great find and a treasure.
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About the author (1995)

Vy Higginsen has parlayed twenty-five years of experience in the fields of fashion, advertising, publishing, and radio and television into becoming one of the few African-American international
female producers of musicals, theatrical productions and recordings.

* Vy is the writer, producer and director of Mama, I Want to Sing,  the longest running and best- loved off-Broadway black musical in the history of American theater.

* This is My Song, Vy's latest book for children, is a collection of gospel favorites intended to preserve and promote gospel music and culture for many generations to come.

* Vy, the daughter of a Pentecostal minister, was born and raised in Harlem in New York City. She still resides in New York City today, along with her husband and daughter.

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