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4 Responses to “ARETHA FRANKLIN / “Wholy Holy””

Adia Blackmon Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 10:59 am

Kalamu, your opening statement "I am not a believer. . ." made me think of a haiku you wrote and sent through edrum about black people believeing in God and you believing in black people. I’ve been searching my hard drive and journal for it and I cannot find it would you please post it here again? Thank you.

      Mtume says:     

Actually, Adia, that was me (Mtume) who wrote the Aretha piece. As for the haiku you refer to, here it is:

black people believe
in god, & i believe in
black people. amen



Qawi Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 1:58 pm

Well Mtume, I am a believer. I’m not here to proselytize in this forum though. However, whatever you believe, we ALL are spiritual people. The Creator made it so! Oftentimes our spirituality is expressed in our works…in this case through music — Aretha and Marvin’s singing of ‘Wholly Holy’. And you don’t have to be an ethnomusicologist to realize that the way African-Americans in particular typically express their spirituality is in a passionate bluesy form. And that is probably why the song sounds sacreligious to some. Aretha doesn’t sing it in the tradition of Marvin Gaye or in the successful formula of Thomas Dorsey. Yet, I’m thankful that Aretha covered it as some audiences may not be suseptible to Marvin’s original version. Aretha’s rendition is refreshing in a sense that the same message (lyrically and litterally) has been expressed. Some may like Marvin’s version, but not Aretha’s. Some may like both, and some may not like either. In any case, the message is still the same, being “Wholly Holy.”

Kalamu said it best, “at the center is an intense longing that often sounds like simple sadness, but is actually far, far deeper than woe-is-me, it be the sound of us longing to be whole again.”

This singing is a method of empowerment to the singer as well as some listeners.

Evelyn Todd Says:
December 30th, 2005 at 3:46 pm

My dear, I am not a literal believer either, nor am I black, but have been exposed to jazz and black artists most of my life, they are part of my cultural experience, and Aretha is a lovely singer. Her Somewhere will entice me to get that album, I could listen to that daily

brittney lightfoot Says:
April 5th, 2007 at 9:51 am

hey this is a great way to give people advice because that shows how us black people feel

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