“Praise On Down The Road” a story of non-traditional praise. The Lord knows the sounds of His Praise.
Gospel music is traditional and classic, coming from the heart, with an unmistakable feel and sound of a church worship service. Gospel music uplifts the spirit and ushers in the praises of GOD.
The world knows the sounds from a predominantly African American church congregation, from organ to piano to drums to expressive soul singing and preaching, but one GOD.
Howard Anderson Jr. ; Author Of Hard Praise, is expressive with a unique style and non-traditional instrumentation, to produce Gospel songs. The lyric’s he writes offer traditional praise, but he follows the beat of a different drummer, which creates Gospel music and a voice for GOD.
The beat of a different drummer is a direct reference to the original drum built by Africans and drumming, which provided the back beat of their lives.
The sounds of the drums also provided a communication method between the different tribes.
Hear Howard Anderson Jr. sing from the upcoming album titled Wind.
The song is titled “Christ The King”
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Like a breath of fresh air, Howard’s music is a unique mixture of pop and edgy guitars with Christian lyrics that will have you listening again and again. He knows how to slow it down or amp it up without missing a beat.
a man who has an urban music ministry that is made for a time such as this!
The origin of Black Gospel music is found in the drums of the tribes of Africa, but one GOD.
There are different presentations of Gospel music, but one GOD.
There are different Religious denominations, but one GOD.
Black Africans were captured, traded and transported enslaved, on slave ships during years known as the Middle Passage.
The Middle Passage years total more than 400; from the 15th century into the 19th century, with slave ship destinations going to South America, The Caribbean islands and in North America.
I believe the Black African ancestors suffered from the affects of Post Traumatic Stress from the months long trip across the ocean and being forced into slavery. We; the descendants of these African tribes, are the living links and a living testimony to slavery. As living links; from the blood of ancestors, yes we suffer from their nightmare dreams, as the descendants of these ancestral giants, we gained; as an inheritance, the suffering and the side-effects of this hidden mental illness problem, a Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
GOD is our relief; as we sing His Praises, handed down to our parents by our ancestors, to battle the effect of legalized slavery; which in-turn legalized skin color hatred. This hatred is a stress; imposed with evil intent, from a purposed and intentional mindset.
Legal slave-holding is unlike the helping hand-up offered to an indentured servant , it is an evil wind thought to be justified, when called White supremacy. Slavery was brutally sustained by offering no human rights or dignity, and no escape from a biblical like system of oppression.
African men and women; who sang in different Homelands in Africa, now would sing as one tribe within one ship of State, called America. Songs sung in bondage, became the Sojourner Truth , and have an evangelical nature. These chants and songs; known as Negro spirituals, are the backbone of the hymns sung during today’s worship services; of every religious denomination, and will last unto the everlasting.
The civil rights anthem, will forever be We Shall Overcome .
Negro spirituals; like the drums in Africa, are songs of praise and also served as news of escape opportunities on the underground railroad. People worked together as conductors on the underground railroad, to free slaves who want to be free.
Harriett Tubman said.
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
The Trinity of GOD would lead GOD fearing people; by faith, to be conductors of escape, from the plantations of the Southern slave States and their owners.
The underground railroad worked through a series of private homes and stores, hiding the escaped slaves, moving them from the Southern slave States, into the Northern States and into Canada by the likes of the
The underground railroad led to freedom from the bondage of slavery; while delivering a Race of people and their African traditions to America, changing the world, economically, domestically and spiritually. There were many great men, women and families of White people, who would put their lives in jeopardy to help enslaved Africans gain freedom.
The world would never be the same.
The African in America, influences every walk of life; even denied the truth of their own history and create a new Black culture.
The underground railroad delivered the soul of the new Black culture, which would not forget the past, developing through many methods of religion, but pray to one GOD.
The church and the altar; which is the foundation for fellowship and worship, was rebuilt to fulfill a great Commandment of GOD.
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it Holy.
The church is a hospital for our soul.Home of the Holy Spirit of GOD and the place for prayer and singing praises to GOD.
The Elders of the church will rightly lead you to lean on traditions and singing hymns, (Negro Spirituals) which are necessary to keep a bridge to the ancestors. There is a struggle in the church with participation of the young and old, the new generations of Black culture are not attaching to the traditions of the ancestors.
That struggle is going away, due to the continued hardness of the world and the renewed perceptions of a racial inequality problem. Once again; as if times never changed, the African American is back inside the one ship of State, which began the nightmare odyssey of the Middle Passage to slavery.
Although this time, believers in the Trinity of GOD, walk through the wilderness and don’t just talk of the traditions of the ancestors, now we must teach and learn the traditions, “We Shall Overcome” .
The Lord knows his Praises, and regardless of the different sounds of drums or instruments used, the youth are necessary to carry forth the bridge to connect the past ancestral traditions to the future.
The youth are coming back to the church and they’re bringing some contemporary Gospel songs into the church, which bend to much into things of the world. Church is a hospital for the soul, it’s the world view points; which are not of GOD, that are the source of our troubles. Let us guard the church to always present the truth and the light of GOD, which is the only escape the evils of the world.
The wrong songs can bring evil into the soul and the church through half truths and watered down messages which enter the soul through subterfuge and enter into the church subtly as confusion.
We all are on guard for Spiritual wickedness in high places, those who sing songs of a confused message can no longer plead, I didn’t know. This is a direct consequence of the Gospel messenger not understanding the responsibility to GOD, to carry the Gospel praise righteously, study the bible to show yourself approved of GOD.
There are some in the church, that will reject any sound that does not adhere to the sounds of traditional Gospel music, but Gospel is defined as the teaching or revelation of Christ.
The music can be flexible, if the lyric’s are of the teaching or revelation of Christ, sounds of creativity must be seen as a talent given by GOD.
“Hard Praise Wind & Gospel Song”
is a bridge over the troubled waters of the Middle Passage, with its hidden affects and unspoken truths of Negro Spirituals, slavery, civil rights and the saving Grace afforded the heart, which sings the Praises of GOD. We must remember; as part of tradition, the shock and awe of the church, as the African Black American culture effected worship and worship service.
Let us continually embrace Gospel singers and song writers like Howard Anderson Jr., they are worship leaders, who are anointed and appointed by the beats of different drummers of the ancestors.
Peace and Be Blessed