Music from our 2019 Touring Choir

We selected two spirituals to share during the 2020 Eastertide. Both pieces refer to the final trumpet – “The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised.” Humanity’s resurrection to eternal life or to eternal judgement.

My Lord, What a Morning

This spiritual, arranged by Gilpin, stands in awe of the last morning in time, “When the stars begin to fall.” The first verse says: “Hear the trumpets sound, to wake the nations underground. Looking to my God’s right hand, when the stars begin to fall.” Those in Christ will be at His right hand on this day of judgement and resurrection. The entire choir sang this in the 11th Century Cistercian Monastery Church in Logumkloster, Denmark.
 

Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down

Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory arranged this very energetic spiritual for treble voices and decorated it by a virtuosic piano accompaniment, played by Kathy Gunsallus. Here is the triumphant expectation of believers, knowing, by faith, that the grave is not the end! The older girls sang this in St Peter’s Cathedral, Schleswig, Germany.
Lyrics
Ain’t no grave can hold my body down.
They ain’t no grave can keep a sinner underground.
Oh, I will listen for the trumpet sound.
Ain’t no grave can hold me hold my body down.
You know they rolled the stone on Jesus.
And then they tried to bury me.
But then the Holy Ghost it freed us.
So we could live eternally.
Sister, you better take your ticket if you want to ride!…
 
I think the arrangers celebrated the enormous infinite power of God – power to conquer death. Power to reverse decay. Power to forgive sin. Power given to us who receive the remission of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! As the song says: “You better take your ticket!” Whoever believes in Him will not parish, but have eternal LIFE
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Joel Krott