One man's attempt to listen to everything in "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die"
Sunday, March 30, 2014
19. Marian Anderson - Spirituals
When the first notes of this album began to play, a sense of dread filled me. Of all the musical styles I love... opera isn't on it. Having seen the song list, I was looking forward to hearing this. Many of the songs I knew from versions done by some of my favorite artists, including Jerry Garcia, Pete Seeger, The Wayfaring Strangers and others.
But this was opera - and there were 30 songs on the album!
I gave it a chance, and within a few songs, I was really into it. Her voice is rich and smokey, like a good porter, and works perfectly with with the subject matter - songs of religion and the pain of slavery.
I'm not sure this is something I'd listen to all the time, but I'm really glad I stuck with it.