Sunday, January 18, 2009

I still love gospel music

I remember when "Shackles (Praise You)" came out in 2000. That song was off the chain. Despite being characterized as too contemporary by traditionalists, the song was played heavily in the clubs and on many R&B/hip-hop radio stations. I heard drug dealers singing the lyrics while posted up agaisnt buildings: "Took the shackles off my feet so I can dance. I just want to praise you. I just want to praise you. You broke the chains now I can lift my hands. And I'm gonna praise you. I'm gonna praise you." I couldn't believe gospel artists had recorded a song of this magnitude. They even used the molulator machine (i.e. T-Payne). The lyrics were uplifting, relevant, fresh, and encouraging.

I was somewhat disappointed when I learned about their views pertaining to homosexuality. I stopped listening to their music and anything recorded by Minister Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin.

Then I got to thinking. Some people, regardless of how much scientific evidence is presented, will never view homosexuality as anything other than an abominable sin. It's up to me to determine if I will permit the opinions of other to impact my spirit. I am now able to answer that question emphatically: NO!. That being said, I can definitely give credit where it is due. Mary Mary has this song entitled "Get Up" that I am in love with. I heard it a few months ago when I was listening to the "Yolonda Adams Morning Show" while driving to work. The beat is strong enough to destroy speakers. I can definitely imagine this song being played in Traxx or some other gay club in the ATL.

So, I would like to thank Mary Mary for creating some wonderful music. I wish you two continued success.

Get Up


Anonymous said...

OK Mr Losojosnuevos,

I have to admit that I didn't really feel that Mary Mary gospel song. I guess I'm what you will classify as a traditionalist.

I'm wondering though, do you think those people who danced to that song in clubs or wherever heared the message behind the song? Did it impact upon their lives in any way or were they just dancing to the catchy beat? I'M JUST ASKING, DEPENDING ON WHAT MARY MARY'S INTENTIONS WERE ABOUT THE SONG.

On the other hand, big up to you for not letting other people's negative opinions impact your spirit. But these are the kind of people that do damage in this world.

Anonymous said...

Eh... sorry for the sermon.

thegayte-keeper said...

I am NOT a fan of gospel music...I guess they tend to be TOO preachy...

Anonymous said...


I tried twice to write you emails but each time my connection cuts. I was asking if you can tell me how to add a playlist to my blog. I've registered on the site & have already created a playlist but don't know how to embed it onto my blog. PLEASE?

Losojosnuevos said...

I'm certain they got the message. Also, I don't mind your sermons.

Give it a chance. There are some gospel artists who are lgbt friendly, such as Shirley Ceasar. Like Shallotte said, the message is more important than the messenger. If it doesn't apply, let it be.

Anonymous said...

In a previous thread called "Defined by Others" you indicated that you are a 'budding activist'.

How can a 'budding activist' purchase, listen to and appreciate gospel music performed by people who think you, me, and people like us are abominations, evil, demon possessed, child molesters and who knows what else?

You can't tell me that when you listen to that stuff that some of the homophobia doesn't seep into your psyche whether you know it at the time or not. I realize this is your blog and I respect that but I am disappointed, especially after you described yourself as a budding activist.

I will not support ANYONE who I know for a fact to be what I consider homophobic. I cannot change anyone's opinion about my sexual orientation but I will not knowingly support a homophobe.

I like gospel music, even though I am an agnostic. I guess I like it because of my childhood and my overly religious mother who passd on a long time ago. But I ONLY listen to the 'old time' gospel music. I love Mahalia Jackson. She is my absolute favorite. I also like Aretha Franklin's 1972'Amazing Grace' album. I don't believe either one of them has ever made a negative comment IN PUBLIC about gays.

Losojosnuevos said...

Oh, anonymous, how I wish we could have a dialogue. I still consider myself a budding activist. Activism, in my opinion, requires people with divergent views to sit at the table of brotherhood (or sisterhood) and develop an understanding. Dr. King made a living doing just that, as well as Ghandi and others who were committed to nonviolent resistance. King met with governors who called him Martin Luther "Coon." Ghandi not only fought against the British occupation, but he tried to reconcile Muslims and Hindus. Not reaching out only fosters further discension and mistrust. I could care less how Mary Mary feels about my lifestyle. I happen to like some of their music. If presented with the opportunity, I would break bread with them. Going to one of their concerts? Probably not.

I recognize that my views may be contrary to the broader LGBT community, which is why I tend to do my own thing. Life is about love, dahlin. In the words of Goapele "no time for hate." Be blessed, brother. E-mail me if you'd like.