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The father of soul

Post  pinhedz on Sun May 15, 2011 12:50 pm

The story goes that he wrote a hymnal that was distributed to slaves in America, so that they could be righteous:


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Post  pinhedz on Sun May 15, 2011 12:50 pm


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Post  pinhedz on Sun May 15, 2011 12:51 pm


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:25 am

What about John Newton? What was the story with him? Question

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Post  felix on Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:11 am

^ Tell me more, Brother Pinz. bounce

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:45 am

We might call John Newton one of the forefathers of soul, although he was born 50 years after Isaac Watts, so Dr. Watts is truly the father.

The myth about Newton is very tidy--he was a slave trader on his way to America with a load of slaves, when suddenly the grace of The Lord came upon him, and he turned the ship around and wrote:

"Amazing grace, how sweet the song
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see ...." and then he became a preacher.

But it wasn't really like that--it wasn't tidy at all, it was messy and ambiguous and complicated. Newton relapsed, and it took him about 20 years before he was out of the slave trade for good and all, and became a preacher and campaigned against slavery.

It's interesting that Newton (no Dr. like Dr. Watts) was impressed as a seaman at the age of 19 and spent some time thereafter as a virtual slave himself.


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:58 pm

Listen to this, brothers and sisters, for it will enlighten you:






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Post  pinhedz on Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:53 pm

Dabbling in "gospel rap," even as a joke, can be dangerous. Once you start down that slippery slope, you pick up momentum very quickly and nothing will stop you from sliding right down into the waiting arms of Lucipher and Beelzebub. Neutral

So maybe we'd best stick with Isaac Watts to be safe:


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:32 am

I think Hasan sings with genuine soul, no doubt thanks to the grace of the Lord and the persistent efforts of his grandmother (God rest her should--she was a saint).

Nonetheless, the nagging question remains: who named him after a Caliph of Bagdad? Suspect


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