The Lord knows the sounds of His Praise. “Praise On Down The Road” a story of non-traditional 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 non-traditional style and instrumentation for Gospel songs. The lyric’s he writes offer traditional praise, but he follows the beat of a different drummer to create Gospel music as a voice for GOD. The beat of a different drummer is a direct reference to the original drum built by Africans. The drums also provide communication between the different tribes.
Hear the drums as Howard Anderson Jr. sings his song titled “I Pray”
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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; to the blood of ancestors, we suffer from nightmare dreams, as descendants of these ancestral giants. We gained; as an inheritance, the hidden mental illness problem, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
GOD is our relief; as we sing His Praises handed down to our parents by our ancestors, to battle legalized slavery; which in-turn legalized skin color hatred, imposed with evil and intentional mindset.
Legal slave-holding is unlike the helping hand-up offered to a would be slave called indentured servant . Slavery 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 unto 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 Toronto Underground Railroad .
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, create a new Black culture. The underground railroad delivered the soul of the new Black culture, which would not forget the past religion, but pray to one GOD.
The church and the altar; which is the foundation of fellowship was rebuilt to fulfill the Commandment of GOD,
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it Holy.
The church is a hospital for our soul, Home of the Holy Spirit and the place for prayer and singing praises. The Elders of the church will rightly lead you to lean on the traditions of singing hymns (Negro Spirituals), which keep a bridge to the ancestors. There is a struggle in the church with participation of the young and old.
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. Once again; as if times never changed, the African American is back inside the one ship of State, which began as a nightmare 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 drums or instruments used, young people are necessary to carry forth 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, some 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 trouble. Let’s guard the church to always present the truth and the light of GOD, which is the only escape from evil. The wrong songs can bring evil into the soul and into 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 songs of confused messages can no longer carry the righteous praise. There are some in the church, that will reject any sound that does not adhere to traditional Gospel music. The music can be flexible, if the lyric’s are of the teaching or revelation of Christ, creativity must be seen as a talent given by GOD.
“Hard Praise Wind & Gospel Song” is a bridge over the troubled waters from memories of the Middle Passage, to help remember; as part of tradition, African Black American culture and its effect on worship and worship service.
Let us continually embrace Gospel singers and song writers like Howard Anderson Jr., they are the worship leaders, who are anointed and appointed to move to the beat of different drummers from the ancestors.
Peace and Be Blessed