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13 June 2016 @ 09:41 am
“Gospel Truth” playlist  

I started a new playlist the other night, “Gospel Truth,” which currently contains the following songs:

Alison Krauss: Down By The River To Pray
Kansas: Wayward Son
Rufus Wainwright: Hallelujah
Zulu Tradition: Hallelujah
Cole Porter (Kevin Kline, De-Lovely): Blow Gabriel Blow
Bon Jovi: Keep The Faith, Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
Jon Bon Jovi: Bang A Drum
Guys & Dolls: Siddown You’re Rockin The Boat, Luck Be A Lady
Taylor Swift: Wildest Dreams (this may go, not sure yet), Out Of The Woods

Queen: Who Wants To Live Forever, The Show Must Go On
Hozier: Take Me To Church
Guns N Roses: Knocking On Heaven’s Door
Heart: Stairway to Heaven
Amazing Grace (bagpipes)
Meat Loaf: For Crying Out Loud
Bon Jovi: Living On A Prayer
Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
Take That: Rule The World

I’m looking for other recommendations for the playlist! Favourite covers of Amazing Grace and Hallelujah are particularly welcome, as it’s impossible to have too many versions of those songs (someone’s recommended John Cale’s Hallelujah but I haven’t downloaded it yet). Nor have I gone through the rest of Alison Krauss and/or Union Station to pick up what’s best from them, but as you can see, the vibe here isn’t meant to be so much actual gospel (although that’s obviously good too) as a certain vibe that I think the above songs generally encompass. So I’m looking for songs that speak a truth to your soul, basically. Hit me with your best shot. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the whole O Brother soundtrack is amazing. And I don't know the other music you've suggested at all, so I look forward to listening to it! Thank you!
Mary Annepers1stence on June 15th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
I am fond of Krauss' collaboration w Robert plant, especially Please Read the Letter
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on June 13th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think Don McLean "American Pie" might fit into this list.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
oh yes!
Karenklwilliams on June 13th, 2016 05:30 pm (UTC)
Good list. Recommendations to possibly add to it:

Henry V Soundtrack (Simon Rattle): Non nobis, Domine
Godspell: Prepare Ye (the Way of the Lord)
Lee Ann Womack: I Hope You Dance
Queen: Thank God It's Christmas
Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
oooh, the Henry V soundtrack suggestion reminds me that there's at least one song on the Sharpe soundtrack that I think would make the cut! And I've got to get Tommy Sands' Peter's Song on it too.

I know none of your suggestions and look forward to listening to them! Thank you!
cgbookcat1: giraffecgbookcat1 on June 13th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
How about "Mother, I Climbed" sung by Tracy Grammer, lyrics by Dave Carter? Or their version of "Tanglewood Tree"?
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
I shall investigate! Thank you!
saare_snowqueensaare_snowqueen on June 13th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Emmy Lou Harris and Gram Parsons, both singly and together recorded a lot of gospel-type tracks.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cool, I'll check them out! Thank you!
otterb on June 14th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
I was thinking of Emmylou Harris too. I'd particularly recommend "The Pearl" and "My Baby Needs a Shepherd"

Also, several Kathy Mattea songs. She has a whole gospel-style Christmas album, but I'm fond of some tracks from her Time Passes By album. Try "I Wear Your Love," "Ready for the Storm," and a really nice cover of "From A Distance." Plus one of my all-time favorites, "Asking Us to Dance."
saare_snowqueensaare_snowqueen on June 14th, 2016 05:55 am (UTC)
I would recommend Emmy Lou's entire Angel Band, but especially 'Where Could I go But to the Lord' which I often play when I'm feeling wretched.
martianmooncrab: pic#59898509martianmooncrab on June 13th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
REM's Losing My Religion, because of the depth and the words.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love that everybody on this thread gets the spirit of what I'm looking for. Thank you!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 14th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC)
and then I remembered The Call's I Still Believe..
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on June 13th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC)
Godspell has a couple others - "God Save the People", "Beautiful City" (either the original or the remake); I'm not as enamored of "Day By Day", though a lot of people like it. And while we're on the subject, "Morning Glow" from Pippin and "For Good" from Wicked.

"Affirmation" by Savage Garden is a guilty pleasure that speaks to me that way. So does "Raise Your Glass" by P!nk.

"Could We Start Again, Please" from JCSS?

Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" maybe goes with the theme. And while Rush is not really strong on this topic, you might consider "Mission" or "Animate".
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on June 13th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
silkiemom points out I forgot "God Save the Outcast" or "Heaven's Light" from Hunchback of Notre Dame.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
I knew there'd be a lot of stuff from musicals I wasn't thinking of, so this is great! Thank you both!
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, River of Dreams, I meant to get that on there, in fact, as I own it, and I just spaced it. Thank you! And what a lot of terrific suggestions, thank you twice!
oracne - Victoria Janssen: Palestrinaoracne on June 13th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
"Inspirations" mix along those lines:

Some actual gospel ("Hymnal Mix"):

"Moses and Miners" which is sort of a mixture of the two:

I have the actual playlists from when I posted these on LJ, but don't have time to look them up right now. Tag is "mixes."

Edited at 2016-06-13 08:18 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
OOOOH thank you!
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on June 14th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
I really like k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah."

VED: Patikontinct on June 15th, 2016 01:58 am (UTC)
I must absolutely second this. k.d. lang's "Hallelujah," especially the live version from the 2010 Winter Olympics, is absolutely fantastic.

I'd also put in a vote for Dwight Yoakam's "It Is Well With My Soul," though I will admit Dwight is not an artist who appeals to everyone.

You might also consider Queen's "My Life Has Been Saved," Richard Marx's "Have Mercy," and Josh Turner's "Long Black Train" and "For the Love of God."
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on June 14th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
Mumford & Sons "The Cave" and "White Blank Page"
Marianne Faithfull - the ballad of lucy jordan
Toney Carey - A fine day
Steve Winwood - Mandolin Rain
red hot chili peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) or Under the Bridge
The Killers - Mr Brightside
Oysterband - 20th of April
malcolm middleton - ballad of fuck all
Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet
Florence + the Machine
Death Cab for Cutie - Soul meets body
Kate Bush - Running up that hill
Wailin' Jennys - Travelin' Man

Some of these may be way the hell off, but thought you might like 'em anyway. ;)
Lola: Wisdomidancewithlife on June 14th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh good! Someone else left links so I guess I can too.
Loreena McKennitt. I recommend "All Souls Night" but lots of good stuff on here : https://www.amazon.com/Book-Secrets-Loreena-McKennitt/dp/B000J233SK/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1465878701&sr=1-3&keywords=loreena+mckinnett

Marty Haugen's "How Can I keep from Singing. That song in particular, but all his music is the best in Catholic liturgical music, still including openness and open mindedness: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QQUWNS/ref=sr_1_5_rd?ie=UTF8&child=B000QVL7IW&qid=1465878877&sr=1-5%3C/a%3E

Stuart Davis' music leans to eastern spirituality, but speaks to my soul. He has two extremes: the mystical and the outrageous. For mystical try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdRqCc3LfDI
For the outrageous try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5FToH8eKTw

The theme for the TV series Saving Grace (awesome series!): https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Grace-Everlast/dp/B0013JYN82/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1465879511&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=saving+grace

All is welcome here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NN0Kvh4hu4

If you haven't discovered Dave Nachmanoff try:
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNlOKHvM1Nw

Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on June 14th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
Travelling Wilbury's "End of the Line" -- it always gets an emotional reaction out of me because of the video and Roy Orbison's untimely passing. If it does for you then it'd fit on the list.
silkiemom on June 21st, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
Late to this party but I really like songs on the Sister Act movie soundtrack, like "I Will Follow Him" and "Hail Holy Queen". Not sure if they're quite gospel, though.